Tiny kitchen: open shelves make it seem a LOT more spacious than it is. Creative and bold design elements: checkerboard floor, butcher block counters, white cabinets, chocolate walls, colorful roman shade accent. I need a checkered floor!
Keep to a neutral colour palette and go to town with reclaimed wood, ceramic metro tiles, copper – anything goes. The use of cladding will also give your kitchen a cosy cabin feel, as supposed to just being plain old small. A handsome dish, indeed.