Celebrity Kitchens With Design Problems.

Designing a great kitchen takes more than money. It takes the help of a knowledgeable kitchen designer and the homeowner being able to sensibly weigh a professional’s design advice. Often the very wealthy are so used to getting their way that they are incapable of making compromises to their own poor design ideas. The result is that some of the most expensive kitchens are terribly designed. Below are several celebrity kitchens that while touted to be beautiful, have major design flaws that make them impractical and sometimes tasteless.

Chris Hemsworth’s kitchen above has both sinks far away and facing the wrong direction from the range.

Country music performer Kelsea Ballerini has one of the biggest kitchen design flaws. Placing the refrigerator right in back of the primary sink. Every time someone goes to the refrigerator, they interfere with a person working at the sink.

Suzanne Summers’ kitchen above has several bad decisions, including the sink facing a wall and selecting gigantic expensive appliances over badly needed countertop space. The kitchen table centered in the kitchen is a traffic flow problem. Clutter ads to the bad decision making.

Amy Schumer’s Manhattan kitchen above while small didn’t need to break the 1st rule of kitchen design, ie. having countertop on both sides of the sink.

It is often true that in these expensive kitchens no one cooks, so the poor design doesn’t in fact hurt the homeowner. However good design is also esthetically pleasing on a subliminal level. Some might call this Feng shui, but good design just “looks right”, and sensible decisions make a space feel comfortable.

At Main Line Kitchen Design our designers try to help our customers make sensible decisions. Thankfully the celebrities that our designers have worked with have been both a pleasure and very sensible.

Jan Petersen the founder and respected kitchen designer from Petersen’s kitchens in Bryn Mawr was known for her sensible approach to kitchen design. When she worked with Philadelphia 76er’s she advised them not to create a kitchen for the very tall. She noted that the spaces designers normally leave between the floor and the countertop and between the countertop and wall cabinets, hoods etc., are design tested and work with appliance heights and many other considerations. She also brought up to her basketball professionals that selling their homes, if they were traded, might be difficult if the kitchen wasn’t more universal.

Samuel Dalembert the Sixers former seven-foot center, who was single when he was renovating his kitchen, mentioned to me with a smile that he wanted to make his kitchen comfortable for a woman he hadn’t met yet. Being sensible is part of creating a great kitchen.

Looking forward to a great summer . . . and of course . . .

Bon Appetit!


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