White and navy kitchen features iron and glass cage lanterns over navy center island accented with x trim moldings topped with white and gray stone countertops lined with Restoration Hardware Tractor Seat Barstools atop dark floors. A row of small glass-front cabinets are stacked over white shaker cabinets paired with white and grey stone countertops and matching backsplash. A stainless steel hood over swing-arm pot filler on stainless steel back splash above integrated gas range.
After. New white cabinets with black marble countertops and black hardware provide a sharp, clean look. White subway tile with dark gray grout and new stainless appliances pick up on the contrasting theme.
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.