This is a sweet kitchen that looks very efficient and new. I really love that they used light wood paneling and flooring because it helps keep the place nice and well lit. On the other hand, we have some nice contrast on the counters and appliances. One of the tricks to keeping your space lit yet not glaring is to have light and dark visual textures as much as possible. That way you can have a nice visual balance that does not steer too far in either way. Another thing helps balance out a space is to have plants and art.