The switcboard for is just a form, so you can change whatever visual cues you like. The main problem is that if you get too adventurrous you may not be able to use the wizard to change the contents. You can stil change using a manual edit of the switchboard items table.
or try one of the switchboard enhancements
forget the URl but some one has developed 'a better switchboard' for access
wonder if google will return any hits for that