To design a kitchen yourself, start by listing things you must work with, such as the size and shape of the available space and your budget limits, then list items you most want, such as a kitchen island or a certain style of cabinet. Next, plan the layout by sketching it on graph paper or using one of the design tools on EasyPlanner3D.com or ConsumersKitchens.com. Decisions about cabinets, appliances, furniture, lighting, electrical outlets and color scheme come next.
Easy Planner 3D offers the options to start designing from scratch, from sample rooms, or from a public gallery. You start by building the room, choosing the layout. Next you add architectural details, such as doors and windows, arches, and room fixtures. The third step is to add furniture; the final step is to style the room by selecting finishes, including colors and surface materials.
Consumer Kitchens offers the National Kitchen and Bath virtual planning tool. It starts with more of a 3D picture of the room and lets you use menus to choose what to add from the start. If you opt to add a refrigerator, you then get a selection of styles, such as top freezer and French doors. Choosing a style gives you the color choices for that style. Select a color, and the refrigerator of your choice appears in the room. You can change the placement as you wish.
HouseBeautiful.com, Houzz.com and Kitchens.com all offer a variety of photos and ideas for decorating your kitchen.