The freshness of the white counter, walls and ceiling above the dark gray base cabinets is very visually pleasing in this kitchen. And the lack of upper cabinets gives the room a very quaint, "I feel like I'm vacationing in a cozy cottage somewhere in the French countryside" feel. What an inspiring place to cook in!
An example of darker base cabinets and the upper shelves, walls, window trim and countertop, sharing the same shade of white. The darker section serving as a foundation, the larger white areas in perfect balance. A look that is gaining more recent attention as a "built-in" feeling. Very spacious look.