Instead of wall-to-wall cabinets in your kitchen, in some spots, open storage is smart. Open shelves take up less visual space and keep things handy too. Why not keep some glasses, mugs, and cereal bowls at easy reach, since you use them all the time.
Using wall space, for shelves or rail systems, frees up counter space. They're decorative too; display a funky collection of slat and pepper shakers, an array of spices, or pretty tins of tea you enjoy everyday.