The dated=ugly dichotomy & the generic fix.
I have noticed in many threads that dated seems to be automatically equated with ugly.
I don't think this is necessarily true, I think they are two different qualities.
I often also feel that the most dated element of the kitchen is called out as the culprit, but that is not necessarily the case, it's the partial updates that are incompatible with the original kitchen that are uglier, or the combination is ugly because the dated element is trying to be "compensated" for somehow.
Finally, when it comes to updates and not full remodels, the owner of the kitchen is almost uniformly encouraged to transform the kitchen into something that may be "current" but is often blandly generic, something belonging in any issue of 1001 quick fixes, or some big box store.
I think this repeats the cycle, because when it is no longer current, it becomes "ugly" again.
I think this could warrant discussion if anyone is interested.