Island kitchens, stainless steel appliances and double sinks are common elements in a contemporary kitchen. However, custom cabinets and countertops go a long way in giving character to it. But the most important aspect is planning the kitchen layout. Small spaces can have a galley layout with vertical cabinets and higher shelves. You can also find many innovative container designs and dual-use items.
Larger kitchens can either be L-shaped or U-shaped. The latter will ideally have an island in the centre, which can also work as a quick eat-in place. This type of kitchen will give you plenty of cabinet space, especially wall-mounted ones. What really matters is how your family uses the kitchen and design it accordingly.
Since conventional kitchen furniture is pretty standard, the materials you use will determine how aesthetic your kitchen looks. Granite and marble countertops are elegant, yet quite common. On the other hand limestone, concrete and stainless counters are trendy. Organising your storage will be the key in how useful your design ultimately proves to be. Do not crowd the countertops with items you use infrequently.
Choose the wall colour after you have decided on the materials, and paint them to match. Give a backsplash of colourful tiles on the wall above the counter, in harmony with the overall colour-scheme. Tiles are a great option for the floor as well. You could even have the same tiles for design harmony. Tiles also give you a variety of options as far as material is concerned, along with a kaleidoscope of patterns and designs.