SA: Essentials: Blunders
Form and function go hand in hand -- no matter how good it looks, clumsy workspaces and poor storage will ruin a kitchen. Our panelists noted three common mistakes that you should avoid:
1. Don't mix too many materials. "My limit is three," says architect and designer Alison Spear.
2. Don't bank on a single feature. "Granite on top of mediocre cabinets with a bad layout makes for an unattractive kitchen," says kitchen designer Tobin Mansfield.
3. Don't skimp on storage. "The biggest mistake that I see is not maximizing cabinet space," says designer Susan Massey. Note the efficient pull-out pantry in the example at left.