One of the tricks I used was skirted cabinets to be able to hide personal items that I didn't want visitors to see. It's quick and easy and a lot less expensive than building cabinets.
I chose to skirt my kitchen (bottom photo) and my bed area (top photo) to give those spaces some privacy from lurking eyes. It definitely served its purpose for the 2 years that I lived there!
Now that I don't live in such simple housing, I find myself torn between this "trend" of skirted kitchen cabinets. As with anything, it has to be done right. Check out these photos of some beautifully-designed kitchens with skirted-cabinets.