Let me start off by assuring all of my faithful readers and friends that I am not in trouble with my husband over the kitchen. :o)
He is (fortunately for me) used to my antics.
As you can see above, I have green Corian counters and textured fruit tile on the backsplash. I cannot tell you how limiting these are. I am baffled by permanent choices (such as countertops and tile) that are anything but neutral. I prefer to make permanent choices that will allow me to change the look of a room easily. (I consider permanent choices counters, fixtures, and flooring...not paint and honestly, not even most furniture since it can be slipcovered, painted, or replaced by thrift stores pieces oftentimes quickly and inexpensively.)
At the moment, I changed out the backsplash. The countertops will remain. I also removed my over-the-range microwave (Hallelujah!!) that has driven me crazy from the moment we ought the house. We never use the microwave anyway, so that won't be a problem.
We slapped up the beadboard-like panels and painted them Ralph Lauren Rhodes Point to match the rest of the kitchen. White would have only exaggerated the countertops by contrast. My entire agenda is to tone that mess down. ;o) I still have work to do on the cabinets....just in case you notice those.
I just want to also say that I am very grateful and thankful to have a kitchen....a place to make meals for my family. I don't want anyone to get the impression that I am anything but. As the keeper of my home, I enjoy making our spaces reflective of and inspiring to us. :o) Ultimately, I know that kitchens and countertops are not what make will give me the happiness and peace I seek...that only comes from The One. :o)