Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Worst Kitchens & The Worst Kitchen Designs

  Peeking back into the start of summer 2010...We wanted to repost our Top 3 WORST Kitchen Trends, as we think they are still pertinent a year later. We also couldn't help adding some of the "Worst Kitchens in America" from CBS' Early Show. Though many of us may be wishing for a kitchen remodel - especially with the kids spending more time at home this summer - at least we can be thankful we don't have one of these kitchens! (But, if you do, you may want to keep our number handy!)

  "We really enjoyed the blog by Jamie Goldberg on Kitchens.com where she lists granite countertops, travertine floors, industrial style faucets and french door refrigerators as among her least favorite kitchen products! We thought we could add to this list of kitchen trends gone wrong and we bet you can too..."
  • Bigger Is Not Always Better









 We know kitchens are some of our most "lived in" spaces. They are where the party always ends up and where we spend a lot of our family time. But when you have to send text messages from the table to talk to someone by the refrigerator - you've gone too far. Kitchens should be properly sized based on the size of your home and your family. Kitchens sell homes - but maxing out the size of your kitchen at the expense of the rest of your house is defeating the purpose!


  • Too Much Floral 
  This really goes for too much of any pattern - not just floral. Don't put the same pattern on your backsplash, tile countertop & walls. Don't make your walls so dizzying that you can't locate the peppermill because it's now camouflaged! Too much of any pattern in your kitchen can make you lose your appetite.
  • Ring Around The Kitchen
"The worst design idea of the century is the continuous-counter kitchen (CCK) planned around walls. Storage placed on walls is good, for example floor standing cupboards or appliances like fridges—but not working areas. Why do you want to prep food with a wall or a cabinet door a few inches from your nose, or eyes for that matter? Islands and peninsulas facing into the centre of rooms are the places for prepping and cooking. Sociability is not possible without eye contact."  Johnny Grey, Architect and Kitchen Designer, London and San Francisco, CA

Are These The Worst Kitchens In America?  
What Do You Think?
We think this kitchen could use some storage solutions...and maybe a new island? Just a thought.

With the coordinating paper towels, we think this one could qualify for the "too much floral" category. And the pink tile? Wow!

Oh no. Great faux-finishing intentions gone horribly awry.

You can get doors for those...

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