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Here's a great option if you can't bear to give up wall cabinets: Put them on just one wall and run the tile all the way to the ceiling on the other wall. You get to have your cake and eat it too.
Show your kitchen wares behind glass-front cabinets. Don't be afraid to display your mismatched dishes, it's the stuff in a kitchen that makes a kitchen. This is also a good example of a less modern approach to keeping your wall cabinets all on one wall. Mixing metal finishes on the hardware and lighting is a good tip to remember when trying to achieve a European eclectic look.
Continue the European feel with an open furniture-style island. You have to give up the closed storage that base cabinetry offers, but you can't deny the impact on the look. Go for something vintage to add texture and a more collected-over-time appeal.
This sleek, modern kitchen defines the look that many modern kitchen manufacturers are known for. All base cabinets and tall cabinets with not a wall cabinet in sight. I'm thinking this style may have begun with fact that many of Europe's older homes may have stone walls which aren't perfectly straight. What a nightmare it must be to hang wall cabinets!