Gaeten Havart overhauled his Ikea Akurum cabinets, electro-painting them with a resistant black matte coating. To streamline, he capped the doors with the same finish as the metal appliances and added handles.
DIY wainscoting with strips of wood. -- Use Rust-Oleum to paint outdated brass faucets and fixtures! -- 27 Easy Remodeling Projects That Will Completely Transform Your Home - but in a dark brown or a color to match the living room furniture
Make your baseboard more dramatic.add small pieces of trim to the top of existing baseboard, add a few inches and add another piece of molding. Paint the wall and trim white. This also works for crown molding too! <-- or fake a baseboard altogether