Look above you
Take advantage of storage space that is even beyond your reach—all the way to the ceiling. A step stool or rolling ladder takes up less space and it's not a hassle if you're using the higher storage area to keep non-everyday items like cleaning supplies, extra wine glasses, or less-used kitchen gadgets. Particular areas of opportunity include the area above windows and the refrigerator.
If your plates and bowls are white or monochromatic, display them on open shelves to exaggerate the sense of openness, and emphasize space between shelf and back wall. The key here is to not fill the shelves with clutter, but to keep the stacks tidy and the space between stacks generous and clean.