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The Biggest Kitchen Renovation Mistake Is Actually Simple to Fix

A kitchen sink overlooks a city.

Those looking to renovate their kitchen may be focused on cabinet design or countertop material, and those are all important elements of your new space. But turns out, the biggest kitchen renovation mistake is a simple tiny fix.

While it’s easy to focus on big scale items—like appliance upgrades—when renovating your kitchen, it’s the simplest detail that a designer says is the mistake people make.  Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, says that attempting to find exact matches for your hardware just isn’t worth the attempt. “The average homeowner picks out a faucet and hardware and tries to build a matching palette, and they’re never going to match perfectly because different companies make those products,” Pierce tells PureWow. “It’s better to pick a range of shades and go with that. Let them build on each other. That can be difficult to master if you’re not a designer because there are a lot of finishes to layer.”

Because it can be difficult to find these coordinated but not matching finished, what does Pierce recommend? She says to focus on the undertones of the pieces and pair cool tones with cool and warm tones with warm. But she also says not to stress too much even when picking out items that coordinate. She says that she tells clients, “What I remind them is, they don’t have [to match]. They’re not all sitting adjacent like throw pillows.”

If you were thinking of upgrading your kitchen and want to read all of Pierce’s tips, you can check out all of her comments over on PureWow.


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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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