Cabinets: Be shallow. Instead of wall cabinets, I like to install shallow floor-to-ceiling pantries. They're an efficient use of an interior wall, where you can't have a window anyway. By limiting the depth to just 6 to 9 inches, you are forced to line up your dry goods in a single row, making everything easier to find.
Old World style kitchen with stone backsplash, dark wood floors, dark cabinets, dark countertops. It's a lot dark for me, but I can appreciate the fact that some people want to live in a dim castle. Kind of.