Los Angeles designer Sarah Barnard knows how to make space work—use the outdoors, keep to one main palette, and use furnishings and built-ins to compensate for what’s not that architecturally—in this case—closets!
Built-ins are the perfect way to display favorite books, souvenirs and other novelties, but they also go a long way towards establishing symmetry. With a large abstract painting hung between these shelves, this little nook feels bright and balanced for any occasion.
A vaulted ceiling and two small chandeliers create a sense of grandeur in this master bedroom closet. Built-ins line the walls, and an elegant gray island provides drawer-style storage in the center of the space.
An unused formal living room is transformed so that it now incorporates a masculine yet glamorous office space. Adding built-ins along the longest wall in the room create the look and feel of an office while also providing the practical storage that any living space can use.
This dining room design by AB Design Elements features lovely hardwood flooring and eight floral-backed chairs around the dining table. Built-ins on either side of the fireplace keep books and personal treasures neatly displayed.
A piece of gnarled wood forms a unique sofa table in this modern living room with eclectic touches. Built-ins throughout the room serve various functions, including display space for the homeowners' collections. Floating shelves in the bar area store liquor and barware. A sage green sofa gives the room a subtle hit of color.
Sleek white built-ins add plenty of storage to this boy's nursery. Drawers and cabinets add hidden organization, while open shelves are the perfect spot to display favorite toys and stuffed animals. Inset in the cabinets is a changing station, complete with robot-themed wallpaper and bright red sconces.
Sleek built-ins and modern furniture combine in this crisp, clean-lined home office with sweeping city views. The desk’s placement takes advantage of the expansive windows, and a petite sofa forms a comfortable seating area for guests.
The bedroom lacked storage so a closet and entertainment cabinet is designed to take up a whole wall. Neutral fabrics and walls balance the dark wood of the built-ins, and a stylish light fixture adds a bit of bling to the space designed by Blanche Garcia.
White walls and ebonized floors create a gallery-like feel that’s perfect for displaying art, while streamlined built-ins store books and office accessories in this modern home office. A traditional rug mixes with wood and metal furnishings that nod to Modernism.
Striking blue walls excite in this updated traditional dining space. Pulling the blue up the staircase draws the eye and accents the pretty built-ins. The room feels timeless with stunning traditional furniture including a small curved buffet ideal for storing heirloom china.
HGTV Design Star contestant Mark Diaz designed and built custom headboards despite warnings from his mentor David Bromstad about the time limit. The judges love the idea of the built-ins because they add division and privacy to the powder blue space, but they immediately notice that Diaz ran out of time and the headboards are unfinished.
In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms the space into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."
The home office includes built-in bookcases with both open and closed storage. While files remain behind closed doors, color-coordinated books, vintage-style trophies and cultivated artwork are on display.
The entry's custom white built-in bench includes gray velvet pillows and custom pillows in a paisley print. An open storage area below has space for storing boots and shoes, with green baskets for grab-and-go items to pick up before heading out the door.