Opt for symmetry.
The main working part of the kitchen lines up front to back with twin cabinets capping both island ends and flanking the range.
Mix metals with ease.
As in fashion, it's okay to pair gold and silver. Unlacquered brass on the lights works with IKEA's stainless steel appliances and chrome hardware.
Choose two, not three.
Frame a large island with a pair of overscale hanging pendants to maintain a sight line between rooms.