Shelves on the windows! L.O.V.E. I like the various cupboard door styles!!! Sweet cottage kitchen - white cupboards, some with glass inserts, glass shelves across the window, some open shelves, warm wood counters & floors. Bonus points for chalkboard cupboard, touches of aqua, and especially the cute skirt under the farm sink.
Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room. BUT... if you want a warm cozy kitchen and yours is small, then go for the warm wood tones - sometimes getting what you love means breaking the rules!