Normally I'm pretty intense about de-cluttering my surroundings, and like for everything to be put away and stored where it can't crowd my peripheral vision. But in the case of kitchenware, I like to show the stuff off. In organized stacks, of course.
Exposing your functional kitchen items makes a room feel more lived-in, and keeps large expanses of cabinet from looking too bare. These examples show just how charming this strategy for storage can be.