I'm thinking that grey and white (walls) with your blackboard wall idea, other black accents, and a COLOR of your choice, with some neutrals (like the butcher block and straw here) would work in your kitchen, and be easy to do.
Vintage window turned into hanging pot-rack. (photo taken from savvy seasons website includes a how to video)
Hanging pot rack
So many ways to "go green"...even the kitchen island!
Our Arturo Pot Rack serves up rustic good looks and beautifully engineered storage for the serious cook. The solid oak frame with riveted black iron strapping and eight "S" hooks holds up to 220 lbs.
It would be great to make the piece of wood a sign that reads something like "Welcome" or "Eat".
Need Colton to make me an adaptation of this for my measuring cups. Industrial Rustic Kitchen Wall Shelf Spice Rack with by KeoDecor, $125.00
Fiddlehead Design Group - desire to inspire - desiretoinspire.net
Ana White | Build a DIY Pallet Pot Rack - Feature by Faith Love and Babies | Free and Easy DIY Project and Furniture Plans
great solution for a tiny kitchen -- I ♥ the big window!