I think it's such a great idea for those of us on a budget, but hate the way our cabinets look. All it takes is some paint, and pretty dishes to make ugly cabinets look like something out of a magazine.
1. First and foremost, I think I love them most because they force me to simplify and de-clutter. I loathe clutter, and with 3 small kids, it's a never-ending battle. But with this open look, I can't exactly stare at the Spiderman and princess plasticware that the kids love. So I gave their "stuff" the bottom 2 drawers in our bottom cabs. Anything that didn't fit, got given away. I mean, I have 3 kids - do I REALLY need 30 cups and plates?! Nope. I saved a handful, a few sippy cups and said 'see-ya!' to the rest. They've never asked for one of those things I got rid of either.
2. You may laugh and think I'm ridiculous, but every morning when I empty the dishwasher, I fall in love with these open shelves all over again. Who knew opening a cabinet door was such a nuissance?! Ok, ok, it's really not, but it is pretty nice to just place those plates right on the shelf! For real.