Built-in shelves are a perfect way to decorate this room and frame the fireplace. Shelves with varying heights display colorful and textural decor bringing a coastal influence to the design. White cabinets fill the remaining space below the shelves.
A wash of blue—in varying shades—and simple, elegant midcentury furniture makes this living room so welcoming and stylish. Along the back wall, an open shelving unit in white provides lots of storage while keeping the mood airy and light.
To give subtle color to this white media room, designers used blue in varying shades—from palest sky blue to deep midnight. A wall of open shelving makes lots of display space; cabinets on the lower half add handy hidden storage.
Stacked stone in a varied palette defines the fireplace and brings harmony to this modern living space. Above the fireplace, decorative wood serves as art, while narrow glass shelves offer a spot to display the homeowner's art glass collection. Leather furniture fits with the rugged design of the home, which sits in Texas Hill Country.
Designers strove to honor the historic architectural bones of this bedroom, but also freshened up its overall look using bold splashes of color and whimsical art. Painting the ceiling dark blue pulls the eye up. Over the bed, floating shelves in varied shades of blue and orange are a bright landing pad for artwork and books.
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.
In its past life as a home office, this room’s built-in shelving stored supplies for a home-based business. By varying the shelf heights, designer Lauren Clement added interest and made space to accommodate photos, topiaries and collected accessories. Greenery dotted throughout the room aims to link the traditional sitting room with the outdoors.
The beautiful wood details in this contemporary living room create a warm and cozy environment. A stacked-stone fireplace is a great textural eye catcher. A pair of brown leather chairs and a soft neutral sofa provide seating around the square glass-top coffee table. A black shelving unit with varying openings provides a pleasing decorative display.
A glass cover shows off the meats in this stylish butcher shop. A wood base to the cases matches the wood walls throughout the shop. Built in shelves in varying sizes creates space for storage and decorative display.
This home cleverly makes use of the awkward space under the stairs by turning it into a bar! Built in shelves of varying lengths neatly fill up the narrow top area; below them, a sink, cabinets, even a mini fridge are ready to get the next cocktail party started.
Black stone flooring leads into the living room and creates a bold contrast to the bright, white walls in the room. Antique double doors bring a beautiful rough texture to the room. Built in shelves in varying heights showcase an artistic display of framed photos and figurines adding personal style to the decor.