In one of my previous kitchens I was really fortunate to have an original built in pantry. A few coats of white paint was all this area needed to come to life. The entire unit provided a ton of storage; and it had a closed-door lower area and open upper section. The lower area was a mix of a cabinet door and drawers. I used the upper open shelves to store all the dishes and glasses. It was accessible and easy to grab something when you needed it. I always kept it organized and styled to look like this shot above. Here is the before picture.
And a couple of other kitchen pantries that also look great. I love the large glass vessels on the shelves in this one.
And the layered white dishes on white shelves always looks beautiful.
And a tip on styling, like the open area below, combining similar items is a simple trick to getting started. You can group glasses, white dishes, mugs, etc. to achieve a great look.