Discover your personal style
The best ideas are just waiting to be copied, cut, torn and dragged into your manila or electronic folder. So as you begin to plan your project and form the room's design type, read magazines and online design resources to help inspire your creative side and find elements you like. Attend builder open houses, visit specialty or antique stores, and survey interior decorating displays as much as possible. This will help you learn what styles, accents, colors and textures appeal to you most.
It's no good if you can't use it
As your cabinet design gets further and further along, it's tempting to focus only on style and forget how you will use the room. Draw out your room or go there with those who will share the space and imagine using it daily. Will certain elements impede natural movements or normal use? If so, consider ways to move those portable items while keeping the integrity of the room or, if early enough, try moving permanent items like walls, plumbing or electrical outlets that power large appliances.
Write it down
Try writing out your room's style, and be descriptive as possible – getting as detailed as possible.
Swatches are your friend
Coordinate counters, paint, flooring and other materials as much as possible to get a sense of how they will look next to each other.
Use and repeat
Repetition isn't bad when done smartly. Try repeating when using shapes, patterns and colors.
Unify in a way that makes sense
Depending on your style, design unity may be achieved in different ways. Use trim, color, wood tone, motifs, flooring, or fabrics to add continuity.
Quality is everything
Quality materials prolong the life of your new room, so budget accordingly and buy the best quality materials possible – it will make for a better buy in the long run.