Daughter, I think painting the lower cabinets in a charcoal and the uppers in white gives the kitchen a more "living" space look. I also think the counter tops and backsplash need to blend in and not be a statement piece. After all you DON'T want the kitchen to be the focal point in your small "all in one" space.
I love this kitchen! Traditional Home. Amy Bergman - Beautiful charcoal gray black kitchen design with charcoal gray black kitchen cabinets with marble counter tops, mosaic tiles backsplash, iron studded kitchen hood, subway tiles backsplash, white washed kitchen island with butcher block counter top, kitchen island lanterns and butter yellow walls paint color.