The trick is to redefine kitchen storage! Kitchen cabinets are the foundation of storage, of course, but typical furniture shapes and forms can serve a function in the kitchen too and add in the cool factor. Wall cabinets do not need to match the lower (base) cabinets throughout the entire kitchen. Pick a spot that could be a great focal point, particularly from a distance, and add a wall mounted furniture piece. Choose a style that complements nearby spaces, especially if the kitchen is part of an open floorplan.
Pantry storage certainly need not be designed only as a simple tall cabinet that matches all of your other cabinets. Humdrum! Look for a hutch
, even (trust me) pieces for the bedroom. While an attached mirror may be a dead giveaway that the dresser is in the kitchen, take away the mirror and all's fair, and super functional, too. A dresser's lower height may be perfect for a baking center with an added marble countertop. You can also add long open shelving above the furniture piece to optimize storage.