So we left off (almost a month ago!) in the midst of my client's kitchen makeover.
Several coats of paint and one new backsplash later, we have this:
Progress pic without the doors, just so you can see the final 2-tone look. 
With a large kitchen and a ton of cabinet real estate, the best way to keep from being visually overwhelmed is to consider one color for the island and another for the wall cabinets--it keeps your eye moving around the space and prevents the whole room from feeling dark & heavy (like the before pic). I custom-mixed Sherwin Williams Peppercorn for the wall cabinets and Pratt & Lambert Pearl White on the island. And just what do I mean by custom-mixed?? As-is, the colors we selected were too dark & too light (respectively), so we played around with percentages to get just the look we were going for. In the end, it worked like a charm!
I LOVE the herringbone subway tile backsplash and am so glad we decided to go with a thicker grout line. 
I knew I wanted a bold(er) end look and having installed subway tile with a slim grout profile in my OWN kitchen, I know the final look wasn't quite as eye catching as I intended. 
So excited to see my vision come to life here! 

I had a custom, Chevron-print roman shade made to adorn the kitchen window and updated her existing hardware with something a little more modern and fitting of the space. This kitchen has almost 40 door fronts--crazy!

 And another close-up of the backsplash. To compensate for the thicker grout line we ended up going with a lighter grey grout color (though it's hard to tell here because it was still wet). Most of the time you see dark or charcoal cabinets in conjunction with a light backsplash and light countertops but this kitchen is proof that dark cabinets and dark countertops can and WILL work together! It's all about finding the perfect balance of light & dark. 
I'm still crossing my fingers that we'll add a chandelier over the kitchen island but for now this job is complete! More pics to come...