This transitional living room features a neutral sofa paired with colorful accents, like the multicolor striped area rug and charcoal accent wall. A white built-in bookshelf to the right of the fireplace provides ample storage for books and other decorative items, like a plant and traditional clock.
The tone-on-tone, neutral design scheme of this home office makes the room feel even larger than it really is. Light sources abound, including recessed lighting, track lighting, a contemporary light fixture, a table lamp and large windows. The brass and glass desk takes up minimal visual space and is a key design element in the room.
At first glance, this living room is by-the-book traditional, but a closer look reveals that the design drifts into contemporary territory. Staying true to the home's traditional architecture, the majority of the furnishings -- such as the wing-backed chair and antique side tables -- follow suit but transitional accent chairs and bookshelf accessories give the room an updated feel.
Built-in bookshelves deliver maximum functionality without sacrificing space. A brass pendant light and picture lights above the shelves contrast with the neutral elements, adding warmth and a feeling of vintage glam.
The leaf-patternd upholstery gives this wingback chair a cozy and informal feel as blue hydrangeas bring the outside in. This arched, built-in bookcase can be alternatively used to display pottery or other treasures.
This storage space achieves a romantically worn feel of a classic in-home library while keeping the room up-to-date with fresh white bookshelves. Classic lighting above each shelving unit adds both a functional and timeless touch.
This transitional dining room showcases a fabulous pair of built-in bookshelves on either side of a piece of artwork that helps to anchor the wall. A basic wooden table sits on a neutral, textured rug, for a stylish, minimalist look.
A thin black pencil-like floral pattern wall embellishment adds design and style to this white bookshelf. The design is heavy enough to make an impact, but understated enough to not disrupt the quaint, artistic display on the shelving. In addition to books, candlesticks, a glass collage mirror and sculpture art bring some color to the space.
When choosing items that you own to fill a bookcase, think about creating a contrast, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. In this Orlando model home, neutral book pages and accessories stand out against the dark wood of the built-in bookcase. "Sometimes our favorite decor is something we already own," she says. If you save money by using existing items, you can also add picture and display lighting to illuminate treasured pieces.