Check out this kitchen from Lonnymag. If you strip it down, you're basically looking at a boring and outdated 80's style white kitchen with laminate countertops and ugly old appliances. Oh, and don't forget the honey oak accent strips! Looks like many of the galley condo and apartment kitchens I saw when I lived in DC.
But, add black (chalkboard) paint to the ceiling & walls, a snazzy light fixture, and a giant fork print, and you don't really notice the ugly cabinets and countertops anymore, do you?