Soft-close on drawers and doors. This will cost a bit more ($250-600 for the entire kitchen) but is definitely worth it. In addition to making your kitchen quieter and easier to use it saves wear and tear on the cabinets. There are also no-touch cabinets now which open/close without touching making them great for trash areas.
Utilize corner space and make it accessible. Use pie corner base cabinets and lazy Susan so you can get to stuff easily.
Add a brightly colored sink. Popular sink colors are moving away from white and stainless to bright colors that become a focal point in the kitchen, especially if your cabinets and counter tops are neutral in shade.
Maximize storage. Many options are now available such as multi-tiered drawers and specific use cabinets that will help you store odd shaped and sized items such as pots and pans and small appliances in the least amount of space possible.
Add some automation. Today’s technology allows hands free faucets, thermometers that notify your phone when dinner is ready, sensor lights that come on only when the kitchen is in use. The list goes on.
Built in coffee center. A great convenience that provides a place to make coffee and store all the coffee related tools and supplies in one small area. This will free up valuable counter space for food prep.
Point of use refrigeration. People are adding smaller refrigeration units where they need them. For instance, what if you could store fresh vegetables right under your vegetable prep area and milk, eggs, butter right next to the food prep area of your counter top.