Durable, resilient flooring is always a good option for high traffic areas like kitchens and mudrooms. Eco-friendly cork and linoleum have been popular choices in recent years, but now there's another option to check out: recycled cork and rubber.
Tranquility - Tuscan Amber Vinyl Tranquility - Tuscan Amber Vinyl - I desperately want to replace the vinyl in my bathrooms. I have a lovely Victorian home. I love it so. Its 6 bathrooms need some TLC with new vinyl flooring.
Open shelving provides necessary storage without the visual bulk of all-wood cabinets: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/color-schemes/neutrals/beautiful-kitchens-with-natural-colors/?socsrc=bhgpin051814selfmadestyle&page=12