Too few people appreciate a really well designed kitchen, and it’s often the case that a poorly designed one is far more evident than a perfectly acceptable standard. However, a really well designed kitchen is something that will be a pleasure to use, and something that will definitely catch the eye.

The first thing you should try to ensure is that you have enough space for everything you need – think stove, oven, microwave, work surfaces. It’s possible to have a small functional kitchen, but think about all the appliances you’ll have, as well as all the shelving cupboard space you’ll need, before you get to work.

Many of the best modern kitchens have a consistent design – no ovens sticking out incongruously, no cupboards getting in the way of a smooth layout. There are many ways to achieve this, such as integrating appliances into a row of cupboards, complete with a door, or simply having these appliances set slightly back compared to the other furniture. An important way of streamlining your whole kitchen is keeping door handles relatively invisible or at least minimal, as this improves the aesthetics as well as the safety and practicality of your environment.

If you have space, one of the best things you can do is look into an island area. It looks modern and professional, and helps keep everything organised – you can have utensils hanging overhead, while still leaving other surfaces for all kinds of culinary needs. The final, and perhaps one of the most important (depending on when you do your cooking) ideas, is to ensure you have good lighting. Overheads and halogen lights are perfect for being unimposing yet effective for when it gets darker outside.