Here's what we're working with in our new kitchen. Christopher and I would both rather have lighter cabinets (white, or maybe a light puddy/grey color), but I'm hesitant to do it myself and screw it up. Even if we don't paint the cabinets we do plan to make a few other changes:
The blue lights will be updated. See one of the options I'm considering below.
A backsplash! On this specific wall we are considering taking the backsplash to the ceiling. Drama!!!
I fell in love with this tile after seeing it in Michelle's kitchen. It's definitely a contender!
I'm planning to put this rug (my birthday present) in the kitchen as well.