I happen to think "jellybean" buttons can look great if you do them right. Enterprise
made use of rubber appliance feet for many of their buttons. We used the same kind of buttons on the set of Polaris
except that in addition to the grey ones, we used transparent ones which we painted (transparent paint) in different colors, and they look great. You can see both button types in this framegrab:
Dang, that looks great. Can't wait to see the finished film!