everything about this kitchen I love...darker floor, perfect counter tops, white glass front cabinet with dark hardware, stainless steel appliances, wall color, chandeliers, I would use bead board back splash,
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.
White kitchens are back! The new white kitchen: grey walls, French doors, salvaged rustic wood dining table, white or grey kitchen island, white marble countertops, marble subway tiled backsplash. Simple beauty.