Heads Up: You Might Be Making These Kitchen Decorating Mistakes

Updated 10/11/18

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a full-blown  remodel to bring your space from uninspiring to striking. Sometimes, all you need is a good  and a few quick fixes to entirely transform a space. Before you start, you need to know about the  you're potentially making—because chances are they're a really easy fix and they'll entirely transform the look and feel of your space.

So before you embark on a cosmetic renovation of your kitchen, brush up on these common kitchen decorating mistakes. Could your space use a little artwork or accessories? Can you easily improve the  of your room? How about the lighting? Is your backsplash up to snuff? Don't delay another minute. We bet you can tackle each of these projects in just a weekend—and make your kitchen a beautiful and functional space for everyone to enjoy.

Not Styling It Like a Regular Room

Kitchen Decorating Mistakes
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It's easy to fill our kitchens with appliances and utensils, but having a strictly functional kitchen can feel a little uninspiring. To make your kitchen more in line with the rest of your home, add a rug, artwork, and other small accessories to make it feel more personal.

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Not Staying in Line With Your Home's Architecture

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It can feel a little jarring to walk into an ultra-modern kitchen in a historic house, but contrary to popular belief, you don't need a full-blown remodel to add a little character to your space. Sometimes, simple fixes such as swapping hardware or lighting, adding architectural molding, or replacing cabinet doors can make a world of a difference.

Not Having Space for People to Gather

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The kitchen is the heart of the home—but how can you really use it to its full potential if you don't have space for people to sit? Whether it's adding a couple of barstools, a small bistro table, or even just a bench, make sure your family can hang around while you're making your infamous boeuf bourguignon.

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Not Thinking of Function First

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A beautiful kitchen is great, but do you have enough storage for all your pots and pans? Is there anything you can do to improve the organization of your drawers or pantry? Even if you can't add in built-in shelving or install a pot filler, there are little things you can already do to improve the functionality of your space.

Having Insufficient Lighting

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Good lighting is essential in a functioning kitchen and this includes more than just a single overhead source. If your space only has recessed lighting, consider adding pendants over the island, or even an LED strip underneath your upper cabinets—just make sure it's a quality one with warm light to make your space cozy and inviting. Lastly, install dimmers.

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Not Taking Your Backsplash to the Ceiling

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A backsplash that stops mid-way across the wall can feel jarring and incomplete. If you have a little time and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, take a day to lay your backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. Yes, it will require ordering more tile and maybe even calling a professional, but the result will be worth it.

Not Having Your Essentials at Arm's Reach

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Are you constantly walking to the pantry for olive oil? Do you scramble to find your wooden spoons or spatulas while you cook? Is your sugar lightyears away from the coffee machine? Setting up practical stations in your kitchen can make it feel more organized. Keep sugar, cups, and spoons by the coffee maker, for instance, or keep cooking oils in a tray by the stove. You'll love those small improvements to your space.

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