for a small house Kitchen White Cabinets & Gray Walls. Matt & Meredith's Kitchen Makeover featured by Jennifer at Dear Lillie blog. Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray,Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White.
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.
farmhouse kitchen. Very close in color and style to ours (see wall paint, hardware and drop pendants). Maybe really dark brown to black counters then? LOL I pinned this way earlier and carried through!