How can I brighten and update my kitchen?

2 years ago
It’s Year 4 in our house and we’ve done the uninteresting essentials (roof, furnace, etc.) and a couple fun things, like hickory floors and new stone flooring in the entry. I finally get to begin on the kitchen, and would appreciate any help.

The kitchen has a great layout and I don’t plan to move things around. My cabinets are cherry and even though I don’t love the door style, I don’t plan to invest in changing them, and can’t stomach the idea of painting them. That means I need to brighten and modernize with countertops, sink and faucet, and flooring. I’d like to turn the old desk into a coffee bar, if I can figure out a plan.

Flooring needs to coordinate with front fall. I was thinking an octagonal slate? Maybe quartz or Corian-type counter? House colors generally pick up what you see in the floor: golds and grays and blues.

Thanks for any ideas!

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