I've worked at Lowe's in Pine Bluff and North Little Rock for a year and a half during school. Lowe's is a fantastic company to work for, especially in specialized areas such as kitchen and bath. I offer you some advice, check out Kraft-maid cabinets, and some of the other literature you can find in the store. Read this and take notes.
Also, check out the appliances, and get well versed on the many options they offer. In fact, research a lot of products- plumbing fixtures, millwork, lighting, etc. What helps when designing a kitchen, is to be able to tie in the other components, besides cabinets, and cabinet tops.
When I worked in fashion bath, I had a customer who was building a house, and was looking to order some fancy fixtures. I helped him find what he needed, and we ordered the parts. I also suggested coordinating toilet, sink, and other things, and he liked my ideas. In fact, he dropped $5000 on the spot for his bathroom. He later came back with his wife to discuss the kitchen, and I referred them to my buddy in Kitchen dept. That couple spent $30,000 on their complete kitchen- nice cabinetry, marble tops, stainless appliances, paint, trim, lighting. Think complete project, not just a single item. -The Starkdog