Gathering kitchen ideas can be overwhelming - the sheer volume of design options can flummox even the most most experienced decorator, and then there are the ergonomics and the kitchen appliances themselves to consider. As the hardest working room in the house, and one of the most permanent and expensive to decorate, getting your kitchen design right first time is worth doing. So what are the most important things to consider when designing a kitchen? Our columnist Rita Konig says number one is the kitchen's layout. "Think hard about how you will move around it. I make sure that the dishwasher and bin are on either side of the sink. I like the cutlery drawer to be away from the main action (the stove and the sink) and ideally close to the dining area, so it is easy to access for laying the table without anyone getting in the way of the cook or the person washing up. I also like separating the hob and the oven. My hob is on a stand-alone counter with shelving underneath for the saucepans. I prefer to give an island a different treatment to the rest of the kitchen to save having acres of the same surface - mine is painted a different colour and has a stainless-steel top instead of Corian. You might also choose to have an island higher than your counters to make using it more comfortable."
Below is a revolving gallery, updated every week by our editors with fresh inspiration and pictures of favourite kitchen ideas from the House & Garden archive. Designs executed by some of the world's most revered decorators and taste-makers. If you can't find what you're looking for here take a look at our other features on small kitchens, modern kitchens and find case studies and more on our kitchen hub page.