The only reason I want a house (over an apartment) is to have a fun outdoor space that I could actually enjoy on my own (in Florida, it was always too hot, too many bugs, etc.) - I would sooooo use an outdoor space in Seattle!
Swedish kitchen. Color spectrum cabinet doors are a cool, modern way to brighten a space, make a statement and eliminate the need for wall art. You could also do this as an ombré spectrum, a specific color pattern to match your house, etc.