The ceiling is a good place to add color in the kitchen since many times there is not a lot of wall space. It's also a good way to get color without doing it with tile, cabs, or countertops....all very permanent decisions. A ceiling could easily be repainted at any time.
"Island houses need clean white kitchens," says Lindroth. She painted walls and cabinets White Dove in Aura and the ceiling Decorators White in Waterborne Ceiling, both by Benjamin Moore. Pendant fixtures, Visual Comfort. - HouseBeautiful.com