‘Less is more’ Mark Millar on the ‘biggest mistakes’ homeowners make in kitchen renovation

Mark Millar shares his tips for minimalist kitchens

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The kitchen has been labelled the “heart of the home”, with families and homeowners often spending the most time in this room out of any other. Kitchens are not only practical spaces but are used to socialise, host gatherings and relax. When renovating a kitchen, it can be tempting to add as much storage as possible.

However, DIY SOS star Mark Millar has assured homeowners that sometimes, “less is more”.

Mark, who is a building expert, is currently appearing on the second season of his show, Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms with Mark Millar on Channel 5.

Mark spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about some of the “biggest mistakes” homeowners make when renovating a kitchen.

He explained: “I think some of the biggest mistakes people make is putting too much stuff in.

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“They get carried away when it comes to planning.

“If they’ve gone to a kitchen showroom or a planner, they will want you to get as many cupboards and units into the kitchen as possible to make as much money as possible.

“But a lot of the time I see kitchens being over-cluttered with cupboards and drawers.”

Mark said homeowners need to think about how they want their kitchens to work in terms of storage.

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Instead of having lots of cupboard space, Mark suggested using drawers where objects can be stack away to create a “neater” look.

He continued: “Everybody seems to go for wall units because they think they need more and more storage.

“Wall units bring the room down and make it quite heavy.

“You’re better off with open shelving.

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“For me, what I see is people putting too much stuff in.”

Mark said sometimes “less is more” in a kitchen, especially when it comes to aesthetics.

He added: “You can find a real beautifully finished kitchen that you want to put in your room and then suddenly the whole room becomes kitchen.

“It sucks all the light out.”

On the latest episode of Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms with Mark Millar, the DIY expert will be helping a homeowner create an eco-friendly kitchen for £30,000.

Homeowners Agi and Steve from Deeping, Lincolnshire have already spent £70,000 on building an extension for the kitchen.

Mark will also be in Yardley in Birmingham where he will be helping a couple create a budget bathroom.

Dan and Rianna want a Grecian-style bathroom for under £1,000.

Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms with Mark Millar airs on March 15 at 7pm on Channel 5

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