The concept of the kitchen work triangle is worth considering – the sink, the oven and the fridge should be located in a working distance from each other. No more than nine feet and, in an ideal world, no less than four feet.
Choose minimally-styled models to reduce visual distractions and maintain a streamlined look. You could even save worktop space by installing a built-in microwave into the cabinetry.
Store away appliances that you don't use every day – like blenders, slow cookers and toasters – in a pantry or cupboard to free up even more worktop space.