It is always cool to see a kitchen space that has not been filled in yet. The reason for this is that as far as kitchen remodel ideas go it is nice to imagine what you would fill in an empty kitchen remodel with. I would start with plants and art, and then start filling in the area with cookware, dishes, and other elements of a kitchen. I actually think that this space could use a hanging rack form the ceiling for pots and pans. I would add some tall, dark colored chairs at the counter to give it more functionality, but also to add contrast to the light colors of the kitchen.