CABINETS: I'm going to leave all the cabinets the way they are (except two little shelf ones) and just paint them white. I will also be adding in two wood shelves on either side of the range.
BACKSPLASH: My plan for the backsplash is to do a white tile with a white grout. Currently my favorites are Calcite or White Gloss by Clayfire Tile. The biggest decision is going to be which pattern to choose. My husband likes the herringbone the best, and I'm partial to the hexagons. Part me wants to do something different that hasn't been so done in the past like the triangles or something.
ISLAND: At first I wanted to do an interesting tile pattern with a black grout for the island cabinets, but that got vetoed pretty quick. I switched gears a bit and decided on painting the island a light gray with a light wood butcher block for the countertop. I don't love the combination of dark colors with the wood counters, so thinking of doing something along the lines of the top left image.
LIGHTING: I love the idea of this style of lighting but haven't done too much research into other options. My favorite are the black options but my husband likes the gold with clear glass option best. I'm not married to this concept, so there is room to go in a completely different direction.
STOOLS: I love the white stools best, and think those would pair well with the gray paint on the island, but I'm definitely open to other ideas.
There you go! Next I get to visit all the tile places, pick the paint colors and get everything lined up to ACTUALLY get this done. Should be a fun next couple of months.