Light and bright does not mean you have to do head to toe white! If you are looking for a nice bright kitchen without it being completely whitewashed, here's a little inspiration that can help:
A light natural wood will never steer you wrong! It goes great with the light and airy feel and looks clean too.
Not into wood? A simple gray or tan can keep your kitchen nice and bright and pair's nicely with white accents for a timeless feel.
If you are dying for a little color stay on the pale end of things. this light blue is almost white but it's not! Paired with white upper cabinets and a blue back splash make this kitchen feel colorful, light, and airy.
If you have more of an eclectic style you can use a variation of different natural hues that tie together to complete that bright kitchen you desire.
If dark hues are more your style, go big on lighting and natural lighting. Nothing is brighter than the sun!