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Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 3: Don't contract island fever
Some kitchens, like the one at this vacation home I designed, are simply too small for islands. If you don't have enough room to walk or work around one, then do not try to cram one in! A peninsula or rolling cart will work better for your space.
If you do have room for an island, don't oversize it to the point that it cuts off circulation between your work zones.
Also, remember to plan any island seating you desire for its non-working side, with enough room behind for someone to walk by.
Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 4: Don't ignore lighting needs
An under-lit kitchen doesn't work well. It needs natural, general and task lighting to function and look its best. Don't relegate lighting to an afterthought. Plan it as part of your kitchen design from the beginning.
Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 5: Maximize space
I'm going to stop complaining this year about the size of my kitchen and take advantage of unused space, like bare walls and ceiling, to increase its storage potential.