I am a great friend with rooms that are clean and edited and everything in it’s place. However, I’ve noticed lately that too many cabinets in a kitchen can create an atmosphere that is almost too sterile. In my kitchen, I’ve chosen open shelving in place of upper cabinets. There are several advantages to this – you can see everything and don’t need to open every cabinet door to find the right platter! You can also create a form of art and expression by having your beautiful dishes exposed.
I recommend you try to find some sort of continuity in what you display. Maybe you could chose to display only your white dishes with fresh herbs in pots. Or you could find a way to hang your stunning copper pots that you have tucked into the back of a cabinet. Whatever you chose, you will have a kitchen that feels warm and inviting to enter and every bit as efficient to use.
The shelving itself can be simple and inexpensive. By the time you get all of your treasures on them, they will look great regardless of what you paid for them.