This split level home is actually mine! Our budget wasn't huge and it's not a very big space, so we kept the same layout and took out one set of upper cabinets and added open shelving to lighten things up. The rest of the upper cabinets were painted white and the lower cabinets (and pantry) were painted a smoke green finished with antique brass hardware. In lieu of a custom island, we added two bar tables made of oak and marble and can use them for extra seating as well as prep space. This adds flexibility and function to a multi-purpose room in an open concept home. Black touches and a vintage rug bring interest and warmth.