Obviously, the kitchen originally was very dark because of the wood cabinets and old green tile flooring. I freshened it up with a neutral color scheme. First, we ripped up the ancient green tile and installed gorgeous honey hardwood. Next, the appliances, countertops, and most of the cabinets were taken out to make room for stainless steel appliances, dramatic black granite countertops, and crisp white cabinetry. The base cabinetry stayed the same, but the wall cabinetry got updated with more storage in high glass-fronted cabinets above the original cabinets. Last, I accessorized with red backsplash, teapot, and foot mat.
If walls could dream... they'd dream of a neutral and bright kitchen removation.