Our kitchen is tiny. We wanted to integrate a little light and reflection into it, so we installed this backlit glass backsplash. We had a piece of laminated starfire glass cut to size. We then devised a wood and aluminum angle frame to hold it and wired linear lighting fixtures within the frame...
We can now use the top of the backsplash as a shelf for spices and the lighting is perfect for tasks at the countertop.
The glass's reflection bounces natural light around the room and makes us feel a little bit better in the tiny space. As far as storage cookware, our daily stuff is on the open shelves but the rest is in a pantry with food and kitchen linens. We've posted some of the components in the past:
Super-Sleek T5 from Brodwax
30" Refrigerator/Freezer by Marvel