Details like shaped cabinet doors, niches for spices and oils, and decorative lighting should all be considered while working on the design development and finish/fixture selection.
Dutch blue. Occasionally, one element drives the color scheme. "The owner chose the color to match the delft tiles", says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. "It's actually a faux finish with an overcoat of a black texture".
I recommend that clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase, which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes, which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout. Also, I recommend picking the type and amount of lighting fixtures during this phase: cans, semi‐flush mounts, how many pendants over the island and so on, in order to complete the lighting plans so the contractor to provide estimates. Most people haven't actually picked what style pendant light yet, but at least the decision about number is done.