How can I brighten our dark kitchen?

This post is part of my Ask The Designer series. Hi, I’d love to brighten up our kitchen as i find it quite dark.Its a kitchen/dining/living area combined. Its 25 ft by 14ft with terracotta floor tiles, solid ash kitchen units, black granite worktop,timber ceiling,timber blinds,cream walls with a feature colour on the chimney. I’m only changing blinds and wall colour at the moment(on a budget!)Any colour suggestions would be extremely helpful and my big question is should I paint the timber ceiling or is that risky???? Really grateful for any ideas.

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