Built-in bookcases are one of my favorite design and architectural features in a home. While they are rarer to find nowadays in new home builds, that doesn’t make them any less beautiful, functional or timeless. In fact, many people are installing them in their homes because of the great style and storage opportunities they provide.
A room with a built-in bookcase instantly has more charm. Even a simple built-in can elevate the room’s style and give you ample storage space for books, DVDs, decor, and other items. You can add drawers and cabinets to them depending on the storage space that you need and the look that you want to create.Besides just the many storage options, you can also personalize the aesthetic with design elements like arches, play with the color and finish, and get creative with the accessories.
Besides just the many storage options, you can also personalize the aesthetic with design elements like arches, play with the color and finish, and get creative with the accessories.
If you have a small space, built-in bookcases can be a life saver. They are perfect for studio apartments to give you more storage space and character in your living room. For a larger space, they can add warmth and take advantage of high ceilings.
Here are 10 living rooms with built-in bookcases to inspire you and show you some of the many possibilities of this great feature.
Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases
Two built-in bookcases nicely flank this beautiful arched window and provide some contrasting shapes.
Source: Coco Kelly
The built-in bookcases help create a nice flow in this open floor plan.
Source: Zsa Zsa Bellagio
A black background adds depth and style to these beautiful white, built-in bookcases.
Source: Bliss At Home
Arches add some extra interest and beauty to this wall of built-ins.
Source: Real Simple
A charcoal facade contrasts beautifully with the white walls, while the alternating shelves keep your eyes moving.
Source: Home Bunch
A floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcase can also serve as a multi-functional room divider in a small space.
Source: My Domaine
A pop of color and pattern in the backdrop is the perfect way to add some whimsy and style to your bookcases.
Source: The Pink Clutch
This space may be small, but the built-in bookcases make the most of the limited space and add a lot of charm.
Source: Traditional Home
For a living room, built-ins help create a more cohesive design for your television, entertainment consoles, and decor.
Mixing cabinets with shelves will make your built-in more customized to your needs by giving you more storage space.
Would you ever consider installing one (or more) in your home?