Paint Select Cabinets - If you don't want to paint the entire room, consider painting just a section of cabinets. For instance, painting three or four cabinets on a short run will create the illusion of a built-in hutch. Or create variation by painting the lower and upper cabinets contrasting colors.
End of cabinet storage for keys, sunglasses, etc. I LOVE things like this.. using every each of your house to the fullest of it's abilities. What would be even cooler is to paint the inside of it with chalkboard paint, so that you could write memos and schedules down or something.
Drawers make better use of lower cabinets. If I'm trying to make dinner in a hurry, I don't want to spend 10 minutes on my hands and knees fishing around bottom shelf for the right pot. Drawers mean you can use every inch of your cabinet space effectively. The pegs in these drawers keep dishes from sliding around when opening and closing the drawers.