Use double-height cabinets for vertical emphasis and maximum storage. A second set of upper cabinets draws the eye upward, taking attention away from the limited counter space underneath. The extra cabinets also add much-needed storage space. "You have to take advantage of high ceilings," says general contractor Mike Streaman. "Sure, you need a footstool to access them, but they're a great place to store things you don't use much, like holiday dishes."