In a one-wall kitchen, open upper cabinets help the room feel spacious and allow space for displaying colorful dishware, potted herbs, and accessories. Closed cabinets below are perfect for storing items you don't want on display.
For the teeny tiny bathroom. Good for phones (of guests) or air-freshener or even a few small decor items. Not books though...yuck, I can't abide by the thought that people in a toilet performing excretory acts are handling books...
Add-Ons: Open Shelves When you want cookbooks close at hand, provide shelves at least 10 inches deep and 12 inches high, or size them to your biggest books. An attached bookcase can add 20 percent to the island's cost. Similar to shown: Custom bookcase in painted maple; Plato Woodwork, Inc.
Maximize your kitchen's storage potential with floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Here a wall of cabinets with frosted-glass doors creates an open, modern look while concealing any bits of clutter. Inside the cabinets, each shelf has a U-shape cutout in the middle. The design makes it easy to see and reach both deep and shallow kitchen items.