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.
OK, by now everyone knows that i am all about open shelving in a small kitchen. They provide needed storage and a place to display treasures and collectibles. Use wall space and go as high as you can, but keep it orderly and interesting.