My friend recently renovated her kitchen and was kind enough to let me take pictures. Check out the series of "before" shots .... especially the fun vintage wallpaper they discovered when they removed the hood!
In their renovated space, they opted for simple white cabinets that extend to the ceiling and updated appliances. They also installed beautiful granite countertops and modern hardware for the cabinets. The white finishes really do make the space seem larger.
Pardon a few of my blurry IPhone photos!