Decorex Cape Town tips: Avoid these common mistakes when revamping your kitchen

Setting the design tone for the home space, the kitchen is often the first area that undergoes a renovation, but too often, expert insight is overlooked which can drastically impact the finished project. Industry experts from The Studio Collection – members of the African Institute for Interior Design Professions – have outlined some of the more common mistakes people make when planning to re-model the kitchen.

–        Form over function

When building a kitchen there’s a natural inclination to discuss the ‘look’ first – glass or paint? Wood or quartz? But, before you rush into the mood-boards and start plotting out the look of your kitchen, think deeply about your lifestyle and how you use your kitchen. Do you entertain? Do you cook yourself or does someone do it for you? Do you have young kids that are going to scribble on everything? Are you a particularly messy cook? These considerations are the most important starting points because they will ensure that your design is fundamentally practical and certain features are given priority. For example – the fact that you entertain might call for a double island. The fact that you’re a messy cook might call for sintered porcelain tops. The fact that you have young kids might call for high-quality laminate doors instead of painted ones.

–        Settling

Finding a kitchen company or interior designer you trust is important for a number of reasons – the key one being how they specify their work. Unfortunately, many local interior design professionals have a limited source of supply when it comes to finishes, and this often gets presented as ‘the best that’s out there’. Our advice is don’t settle! As a consumer, you need to ensure that you do your homework and understand what’s possible in terms of design and finishes so you aren’t beholden to the advice of designers with a limited source of supply. Empower yourself with this knowledge and you’ll feel a lot more at ease during the specification process.

–        Taking a short-term view

Kitchens are one of the longest lasting investments you will make in your lifetime. You might change your car every few years, but most people live with a kitchen for the better part of their lives. With that in mind, it’s important to think about how the design you choose might age. It’s not always possible to predict, but a kitchen designer worth his weight should have a good idea of design features that are trend driven versus ones that are more timeless. We all want a certain element of trendiness in our homes, but ensure you aren’t fitting your house with the kitchen equivalent of bell-bottoms – something you might come to regret in years to come!

–        Skimping

As mentioned, most kitchens are for life, so you should ensure that you are always getting the best possible work you can afford. Cutting corners on your design, or skimping on the materials or company you work with will only come back to haunt you in the years to come. Peeling edging, discoloured materials and frustrating designs are the hallmark of skimping on a kitchen, and when it comes to the most used room in your house, you should avoid this situation at all costs.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, said visitors to this year’s Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 5 May, would get to witness the best in kitchen styles first-hand.

“This year’s Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection will give visitors a chance to view some of the region’s most innovative designs in situ, while interacting with industry experts on the best kitchen solutions for their homes.”

Alongside the Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection, visitors can enjoy a number of design features, including:

  • Designer Spotlight with Danela Conti
  • Decorex Urban Living Trend House with Sevens
  • InStudio Trend Theatre by ABSA
  • Children’s Playroom & Décor Project
  • The Lighting Project by Fundi Light & Living
  • The Trend Kitchen with Space Interiors
  • The Bathroom Project
  • Fabric Trend Bar
  • Jacobs Gourmet Cooking Theatre built by LUSSO Luxury Living
  • Decorex International
  • Wine + Bubbly Bar furnished by Homewood
  • The Rummery & Gin Garden
  • Design + Dine Restaurant + Bar
  • The Harvest Table featuring 8°South
  • The Illy Experience
  • #withlovefromDecorex with Elevenpast
  • Paint Nite with Yaymaker


Decorex Cape Town

1 – 5 May 2019

10am – 6pm daily

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Trade-focused day: 2 – 3 May 2019

Ticket Prices:      Adults – R110

Student/Pensioners – R100

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R100

Exhibitor – R100


Decorex Joburg

7 – 11 August 2019

10am – 6pm daily

Gallagher Convention Centre

Public holiday: 9 August

Trade-focused days: 7 – 8 August 2019

Ticket Prices:      Adults – R120

Student/Pensioners – R100

Kids U12 – R20

Trade – R100

Exhibitor – R100


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