r: Twilight Meadow (Valspar at Lowes) 5007-8A, eggshell finish Countertops: Pionite Graphite Talc (AG361 suede) Floors: Inhaus - Shenendoah Hickory (Timeless Impressions collection) Cabinets: Wellborn - Franklin (maple, white) Cabinet hardware: Lowes Island: Green Oak Antiques Open shelving: Joss & Main Love Has Come print: Jerusalem Greer You Shall See Wonders print: Katie Daisy
This practical island is painted in a rich cobalt to offset the simple gray and white of the kitchen cabinets: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/island/colorful-kitchen-islands/?socsrc=bhgpin032915richcobalt&page=1
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.
10 Ways to Color Your Kitchen Cabinets: There's a reason neutral hues are perennial favorites: Not only do they work with all design styles, they're the ultimate in versatility. But think beyond classic white and ivory for kitchen cabinets. Stronger neutrals such as this steely gray shade offer the advantages of their color cousins, they yet have a more pronounced presence. From DIYnetwork.com