Before starting a renovation, we tend to learn about various interior design schemes online. We all like perfect pics that show things like light walls, unusual design solutions, and brave modifications, but unfortunately, many of us forget that people actually live in these apartments and don’t just take photos of them. Thus, it might be useful to remember that while black facades in the kitchen look great, they get dirty faster than other colors.

We at Enlighten studied examples of modern design and selected several solutions that look good in pictures but bring about a lot of trouble in everyday life.

Smooth and glossy hardware in the kitchen

Elements of kitchen furniture made from glossy, stainless steel look perfect in photos. The brilliant shine of fridge handles, microwave ovens, and other items literally capture our gaze. However, everything is much more prosaic in everyday life because dirt tends to accumulate on metal surfaces extremely fast. Once you open a fridge with a wet hand, the handle gets covered with stains.

Traces of grease on the handles and sides of the microwave oven have to be cleaned quite regularly, while steel countertops get covered with scratches extremely fast. In order to ease the cleaning process, you’d better opt for matte furniture, hardware, and appliances.

A pallet bed

On one hand, a pallet bed is a stylish, eco-friendly, and cheap option. It can be made with your own 2 hands, it looks unusual, and attracts attention, as people want to take photos of it. However, such beds do have drawbacks.

First of all, unprocessed wooden pallets have a porous structure and attract a lot of dust. Secondly, the way these pallets were used before plays a tremendous role since there’s a chance they have been used on “dirty” jobs and thus, can be infected with toxic or harmful substances. Instead of pallets, you can buy a regular wooden bed.

Clothing racks instead of a closet

Social networks are full of photos of people who use a special open rack for hanging clothes instead of a typical closet. It can be aesthetically pleasing, especially when clothes correspond to the interior of the room. However, in real life, such a rack becomes messy quite fast because we hang clothes inaccurately while in a hurry or simply place them over the hanger.

So, if you’re not sure if you’ll be able to keep things in order on a regular basis, you’d better go for a classic closet.

A projector instead of a TV set

Items from the past, such as vinyl discs and Polaroid cameras, keep returning to our lives every now and then. Projectors are currently gaining popularity as well. They are bought in place of TV sets because it’s believed that you will seemingly be experiencing other feelings while watching movies on the projector. It will make the room feel cozier as well.

However, projectors have a bunch of disadvantages. First of all, you need a special screen or at least a light wall for it. Secondly, it’s quite difficult to watch something during the daytime because of too much light. It means you’ll need to buy blackout curtains. Also, it’s necessary to buy accessories for the projector. All in all, its maintenance and service will cost more than a TV set.

Black furniture pieces

A completely black kitchen or separate elements in black look showy and expensive. However, in everyday life, black pieces bring many issues and require special care. For example, hard water can leave stains on the furniture, which the owners will have to wipe with a rag tediously and for a long time.

Also, black facades (no matter if they’re matte or glossy) can visually make the room look “heavier,” especially if in a small space. That’s why if you have doubts about whether you should buy a black kitchen or not, you’d better opt for light shades.


Undoubtedly, a fireplace is a focal point on cozy Christmas evenings, as we’ve seen in movies. But unfortunately, the reality is a bit different from the picture. A fireplace has numerous drawbacks. First of all, an open fire is hazardous. In addition, it requires maintenance, as it’s necessary to clean ash, prepare firewood, and monitor the flames. The ventilation system in the house also must be thought out, otherwise, the smell of burning wood will spread throughout the house when ignited. Last but not least, a fireplace is not a cheap pleasure.

Instead of the classic option of a fireplace, you can go for a more affordable and secure option, called a bio fireplace.

A tall faucet in the kitchen