Keeping the bookshelves from being stuffed full adds to the airy, open feel of this family room. Instead, the shelves are used for a mix of storage and display, placing art and pretty vases amongst stacks of books.
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.
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.