One surefire way to jazz up a cookie cutter kitchen is to paint the kitchen cabinets a bold color to reflect your individuality. If you live in a neighborhood full of uninteresting kitchen cabinet choices that don't accurately represent your style, don't even hesitate - paint them!
The Washington Post ran an article a while back that provides a comprehensive guide to painting laminate cabinets as well as laminate countertops. In the article, Jeanne Huber covered all aspects of formica and laminate painting. There are miracle primers as well as all-in-one paints that can transform the average kitchen cabinets into the masterpiece of the kitchen.