I have such a thing for exposed shelving -- maybe it's because I'm extremely organized or maybe I just like to look at all of my possessions when they're all neatly lined up and color coordinated (that's bad right?). I especially love this idea for kitchens . . . I'm sad to report that I have the most hideous tan cabinets in my "kitchen." (I use the term kitchen lightly because it's more like one strip of cabinets in my living room.) I would love, LOVE, to tear them down and replace them with sleek horizontal shelves on which I would put all of my pretty white china (a thrift store purchase) and my Crate and Barrel cake stand. sigh.