OK, maybe this isn't so much of a trend now as just plain good design, but either way, open shelving is something you should consider for your kitchen. First, it opens up the room to allow it to feel bigger and lighter. Second, it forces you to be more organized, since the stuff you have on display has to look good. And third, it's eco-friendly since you are not purchasing a set of upper cabinets. Brilliant.
Ginger Sorbara design via The Marion House Book