subway tile + open shelves (wood tones warm up grays). dark grout, gray floor tile For kitchen, lighten cabinets to match open shelves tones, add white subway tile w grey grout and keep grey paint on wall. Consider wood tile instead of hardwood floor.
Something like this for the open shelves -- if we do them. Black kitchen countertops crisply contrast a white subway tile backsplash for a look that's fresh and simple. Floating wood shelves bring in a softer, organic note.
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