In this case the answer is black, not white. Black kitchens are sophisticated and stylish. Sure, the matte black taps will cost you more than the standard chrome but it will be worth it when you look at your new sleek kitchen with timeless appeal.
Don't be afraid of some pattern in the kitchen. Even if your cabinets are white on white, you can introduce patten in the floortiles or splashback. Ideally, both! As you can see in the following examples, a bold, geometric pattern works best and is guaranteed to make your kitchen feel modern and exciting. While some of these examples might be extreme for some tastes, a toned down example will work well too.
Acheive the solid, sophisticated look of solud concrete for less with cement sheet. This should appeal to those who like to keep things minimal and neautral, but without the harshness of white. The stuff's cheap, and with a layer (or three) of a good quality acrylic sealer, it looks just like polised concrete. Whether you decide to use it on the benchtop, cabinets or the floor, it doesn't really matter, it'll add some texture and life to the kitchen, unlike those white cabinets, benchtops and walls.
Everytime you think you want an all white kitchen, hit yourself and look at these images instead. Timber brings some beautiful natural warmth to the kitchen. And if you're willing to overlook the fire hazard, you should use it of practically every surface. Just kidding, don't overlook fire hazards.
What do you think? Have you found a viable (fun, even) alternative to the ubiquitous white on white kitchen? Would you be willing to try something different in your kitchen renovation?