You need to think about a lot of things, both aesthetic and practical, when renovating custom kitchens. Here are a few ideas that cover both of these dimensions.
Two horizontal surfaces in the kitchen that receive a lot of wear and have the potential to get dirty are the floor and the benchtop. So choose materials that are easy to clean and look great. For example, fit an engineered stone benchtop. These are made from a combination of crushed stone and resin, giving them the appearance of solid stone but with a non-porous surface. They won't absorb stains or moisture easily, and you can wipe them clean. For the floor, luxury vinyl planks are ideal. You can enjoy the warm ambiance of a timber aesthetic. But vinyl offers the advantage of being resistant to water spills, so it's child- and pet-friendly. Plus, it doesn't require regular resealing.
To add a lively sense to the decor, contrast two materials with different aesthetics, such as timber and metal. You could install sleek stainless steel appliances, like a fridge, and put them against stained-timber cabinetry. The combination of the two materials will create a pleasing disparity between old and new, warm and cold, and grainy and smooth. You could do this to create an industrial aesthetic or else go for a more classic look with wooden shaker cabinetry against the lustrous steel.
While upper cabinets seemed to be assumed in the past, that's no longer the case. High-wall cabinets, especially those on multiple walls, can make a kitchen feel cramped. If you want to make your room look larger, replace the high cupboards with shelves that let you see the wall behind them. However, you don't want to run short on storage. Maybe you could install a kitchen island or a cabinet bank in one spot that reaches from the floor to the ceiling.
Working in the Kitchen
When planning a renovation, also think about creating a space that will be easy to use and move around in. Make the storage easy to reach with drawers that you can pull out. You won't have to crouch down or get on your knees to see what's at the back. L-shaped drawers can be made for the corner cabinetry as well, so you don't waste any storage potential.
Additionally, create a convenient workflow between the sink, stovetop, and refrigerator. They should be close enough that you don't have to needlessly walk from one end of the kitchen to another. But these workstations should not be too close together, as then it will be hard for multiple people doing different tasks to work together on preparing a meal.
For more information on custom kitchens, contact a professional near you.