Here is the kitchen in yesterday's house. I think you'll agree that it needs work i.e. gutting and starting all over again. I mean, that pine ceiling and strip lighting make my eyes hurt.
So I had a little scout around for some inspiration, just in case I get hold of a house that needs a new kitchen. I don't really know what I want, but from these images it appears that I like painted cabinets in white or greyish neutrals, a little bit of pattern and touches of wood. But knowing me and our potential budget, I would end up living with that awful pine-y kitchen forever! One can dream, though :-)
I am a bit scared of pattern but I'm strangely drawn to this Portuguese tiling. It reminds me of the riotous beauty of Parc Guell in Barcelona and brings a touch of character and whimsy to the space. You could try similar ideas with some of Fired Earth's lovely patterned tiles, or use an eclectic selection of beautiful antique tiles.
Images from: nskwood.net, Vila do Artesao, Tumblr (sorry, the actual owner of the image wasn't credited where I found it), Flickr and Wet Behind the Ears. All via We Heart It.
Anyway, I am getting a bit ahead of myself! I think I need to stop fantasizing.