Went to get the kitchen stuff sorted.
http://www.antyx.net/up/img/sample/ <-- pics of a completed apt. of the same project.
Mine'll have smooth cabinet doors, painted. Top left cabinet replaced by a shelf for the microwave and a vertically-opening cabinet above it. Sink will be the same material, but larger and with a dish tray on the side. Two-burner stove.
Talked to my artist/interior designer friend today. Mentioned that one of the colors I was considering for the cabinets was a titanium sort of grey, dull metallic. He came up with an idea to make the basic solution of the apartment entirely grayscale and then add color with furniture and artwork. Might be nice actually.
Basically I want to keep the hard-to-change bits as conservative as possible, since I will be selling it at some point. Then again, since I'm making the choices, might as well make it something I'd enjoy. And dropping the designer's name at resale time might help. ;)