Tying the whole kitchen together will be your countertop and backsplash selections. You have many options of materials, colors, and textures to choose from that this decision can become quite daunting. Your kitchen designer will be able to sort through all of the options, and help you to pull every design item in your kitchen into a coherent unit. While you are deciding on the features in your kitchen, the designer can be making changes on their computer to show you exactly what the design changes will look like in your finished kitchen. Maybe two great design items that are stunning individually, may not work well together, and seeing this on a computer screen can help you avoid making a poor decision, that you will regret later.
The placement of your work triangle should be the next step in designing your kitchen layout. The sink, cooking surface, and refrigerator need to be situated within easy reach of each other to allow your kitchen to work smoothly. Here, again is where an experienced kitchen designer can be a valuable partner in the design of your kitchen. They have the experience to know what will and what will not work efficiently, and could keep you from ending up with a kitchen which does not meet your needs. A good kitchen designer will know if your kitchen would work better with an island, or maybe a peninsula, or a movable cart or nothing at all. These are design items that need to be addressed early in the process, and will make the whole design process successful.