Every kitchen regardless of style, size or budget should be designed with the main work areas positioned close together. The fridge, sink and oven/cooktop should be located in a triangular design, allowing ease of movement between them.
Neutral colours are largely timeless and calming. Dark tones create impact, however, they can be overwhelming in small spaces. Save blocks of colour for feature areas such as splashbacks or the front panel of island benches. Splashbacks are also a great place to feature texture. There are many finishes to choose from including glass and mosaic tiles.
Smooth and seamless surfaces are ideal for the kitchen. Cupboards that reach the ceiling eliminate wasted space. The sink edge can be hidden if the sink is positioned below the benchtop. By integrating appliances behind closed doors and panels, this gives the kitchen and surrounding living space a clean look.
If you like entertaining, an island bench should be given high consideration in your design. This can allow you to cook whilst facing your guests. A benchtop overhang is required for people to sit comfortably (at the bench).
Drawers will maximize your storage space and allow access to deep corners. Extra deep drawers are great for pots and pans while shallow extra-wide drawers are perfect for cutlery. Handles are best kept invisible or low key and practical.