I've been away from the forum for a few days. I needed some time to think, and to do some pricing. I checked out the cost of new appliances (in stainless and in black). Oooo mama those things can cost a dollar or two!! The long and the sort of it is, I'm not prepared to put out that kind of cash for that kitchen; at least not yet. When I am it will be to gut the thing and redo it completely. I'll probably have to hire someone because there are two walls that I want removed. Once they're out the entire floor plan will be different and it will be time to completely rethink the lay out; including all design features. What that means is that anything I do in the meantime is only meant to be temporary. So I only want to do small things.
Without the new appliances an all grey scheme is out of the question. So what do I have to work with? When I take stock of the kitchen here's what I come up with: a white fridge, a black and white dishwasher, a black and white stove, a black and white range hood, a white microwave, a black counter top (actually it's PC "Charcoal", but it reads as black most of the time), and a white ceramic tile back splash. Seems to me I've got a ready made scheme on my hands.
Here are the possibilities for the cabinets: all white (in high gloss?), except the counter top which would remain black. Or conversely, I could do them all black (in high gloss?), except the back splash which would remain white. Or, black lowers and white uppers. Or, white lowers and black uppers.
Then there's the question of the wall colour. Seems to me I can paint the wall white (egg shell finish to contrast with the cabinets if they're in high gloss), or perhaps one of those heavier cream colours like Ralph Lauren "Pale Cream".
Got to think about it more; but I'd be happy to hear people's thoughts. By the by, the floor is a beech laminate; but in a yellow-brown tone, not the pale, near white stuff with a pinkish cast.