10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases

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

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo built-in bookcases nicely flank this beautiful arched window and provide some contrasting shapes.
Source: Coco Kelly

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comThe built-in bookcases help create a nice flow in this open floor plan.
Source: Zsa Zsa Bellagio

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA black background adds depth and style to these beautiful white, built-in bookcases.
Source: Bliss At Home

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comArches add some extra interest and beauty to this wall of built-ins.
Source: Real Simple

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA charcoal facade contrasts beautifully with the white walls, while the alternating shelves keep your eyes moving.
Source: Home Bunch

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcase can also serve as a multi-functional room divider in a small space.
Source: My Domaine

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA 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

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comThis 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

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a living room, built-ins help create a more cohesive design for your television, entertainment consoles, and decor.
Source: Refinery29

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comMixing cabinets with shelves will make your built-in more customized to your needs by giving you more storage space.
Source: HGTV

Would you ever consider installing one (or more) in your home?

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms

Sunken living rooms may have a retro vibe to them, but they are anything but outdated. In fact, this feature has become very popular in modern design because it is an intimate, minimalist approach to a living area.

There are a few different versions of this style, from the sunken living rooms that look like another half-level to ones in the middle of a space where the sofa surrounds the entire perimeter of it. Both offer different elements of design, but have the same general appeal.

Here are ten examples of stylish sunken living rooms done right, including a version for outdoor living.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA fireplace adds to the warmth and coziness of this elegant sunken living room.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comA sunken living room is perfect for a minimalist, modern approach to design, seen here in this ultra sleek space.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe dip into the living room helps create separation between it and the dining room.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThough this living room is close to the front door, the sunken nature of it makes it feel more intimate and defined.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe split level design gives this space architectural interest and an intriguing flow.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken look can be captured outside with hedges and a built-in sofa.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe simple effect of different levels and dividing cabinets provides separation to the spaces that also makes it feel more grand.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThis industrial space looks chic and modern with the sunken living room, which provides some definition to the open floor plan.

10 Stylish Sunken Living Rooms | HomeandEventStyling.comThe space looks clean, elegant, and visually open when the furniture is removed from eye level.

What do you think about sunken living rooms? Would you ever consider incorporating one into your home?

Warm regards,
Megan

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Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise

Creating the right flow in your living room is one of the most important aspects of its design. For some spaces, the arrangement can be very obvious, but for others the process can be a bit more challenging.

Rooms that have multiple entrances are particularly susceptible to this. Open floor plans also can run into this challenge, but there are a few tricks I like to use to solve this dilemma.

One of my favorite tricks is to add a bench or a chaise to improve the flow. These are great pieces to infuse into a troublesome living room because they are long, flat, and offer extra seating without taking up as much visual space as a regular sofa or chair.

Here are 10 spaces that brilliantly used a living room bench or chaise to create a better arrangement.

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comThe flat leather bench not only opens up this awkward space, but also provides some warmth with its deep color.
Source: Elle Decor

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comThis narrow bench is perfect to join this awkward living area with the rest of the open floor plan. The base of it adds a nice touch of pattern, too.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comA bench works really well in small living areas to keep the visual space open while also providing plenty of seating.
Source: My Domaine

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comHere is another example of a cozy space made more open by the addition of a matching bench.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comIf your living room is next to a path with heavy foot traffic, a bench can be the perfect alternative to finish off the space. Adorn it with a throw for extra style.
Source: My Domaine

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comA chaise is another great option if you’d like to have arms on either side for more comfort.
Source: HGTV

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comThis style of chaise also looks great and compromises somewhere between a sofa and a bench. It keeps the view to the patio open from the living room.
Source: Elle Decor

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comThis adorable chaise brings a nice pop of color to the space and balances the fireplace perfectly.
Source: Coastal Living

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comA bench can also be a nice addition in front of the fireplace.
Source: Home Bunch

Improving Flow with a Living Room Bench or Chaise | HomeandEventStyling.comIf a long bench isn’t right for you, try two smaller ones to make the space feel even more open and airy.
Source: Serena & Lilly

If something just isn’t feeling right about your living room’s flow, then consider how a bench or chaise may improve the space.

Warm regards,
Megan

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room

In this generation of technology, home offices are becoming more and more prevalent in homes today. Most families need a dedicated space for the computer and a spot to take care of bills, homework, etc. While not every home has the extra space for an entire home office, there is an easy way to incorporate a desk into a space every home has: the living room. In fact, this is a very popular solution for homeowners who need a desk, but either don’t have the space for an entire office or don’t need an entire office. A desk can slip right into the living room in a functional and stylish way with some clever planning. Here are some examples of how to arrange a desk in the living room.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comWhen the desk is very visible, it’s best to choose one that has a lot of character. Here, a beautiful antique desk is modernized with a white chair that stays in tune with the rest of the comfortable, eclectic space.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comThis creamy, distressed desk offers plenty of storage in the form of cubbies and drawers to keep clutter off of the surface.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comA simple desk fits comfortably under the window, while the chair can be turned around and supply extra seating for company when needed.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comThis small space is divided into two areas: one for work and one for relaxation.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comWhen your desk is in the living room, keep the surface free of clutter and keep a few decorative accessories out that match the vibe of the space.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comThe design of the desk has a personality all its own, making it a powerful feature in the space. Placing it next to the bookcase was smart planning.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comBy arranging the desk so that the chair faces the living room, this can keep whoever is working at the desk included in the activities happening in the seating area.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comEven a small living area can be complimented by a desk. Here, a narrow console table serves as a work space.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comA minimalist glass table disappears behind the couch and goes unnoticed in the rest of the space.

How to Arrange a Desk in the Living Room | HomeandEventStyling.comAn ornate desk is front and center in this living room, but because of the gorgeous details on it, it fits right into the space.

Having a desk in the living room doesn’t have to be a consolation, but rather an opportunity for clever design.

Warm regards,
Megan

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5 Minute Room Makeover Ideas, Part 1: Living Room

If your living room is feeling a bit drab and you want to give it a makeover without taking on a huge project, there are some very easy and inexpensive ways to freshen it up. No paint, no tools, no major labor (or purchases) required. By changing out and adding some minor cosmetic details in the room, you can give it an entirely new feel. It is all about focusing on color, texture, and pattern to change a space. Here are some 5 minute makeover ideas to transform your living room for living or selling.

5 MINUTE ROOM MAKEOVER IDEAS: THE LIVING ROOM

AREA RUG
Bringing in an area rug to a space can transform a room completely. It is a great way to warm up the room, define a conversation area and pull everything together. There are countless options for rugs whether you are looking for something neutral or want to bring in a nice pop of color.

PILLOWS
Pillows are the best way to add color, texture and pattern to a room. Not only do they offer comfort, but they also offer a lot of style. If you ever get tired of them, you can move them to another room and change them out for a different accent color, or you can cover the ones you have with a new fabric.

CURTAINS
Hanging some pretty curtains will do wonders to make a room look finished off. You can choose to go neutral or use it as an opportunity to add more color to the space. To make the room appear taller, hang the curtains higher than the window to fool the eye.

ACCENT CHAIRS
By bringing in a couple of accent chairs in a color or pattern, the whole landscape of the room can be changed. This can make for an easy and inexpensive DIY project. Find some thrift store armchairs and either reupholster them or use a slipcover to give them a new look.

LIGHTING
The right lighting can have a huge impact on a space. If your living room feels a little dark and unwelcoming, try upping the wattage on the bulbs or add one or two extra sources of lighting in dark areas. This is a great opportunity to go shopping and find some beautiful light fixtures that will enhance the space’s lighting as well as overall design.

WALL ART
No room is complete without some art. If you have some but have grown tired of it, it’s time to swap it out for something new. When choosing art, think about the accent colors you want to include in the room and either match them to the ones that are already there or choose carefully what you want to change the accents to, because the art should pull it all together.

ACCESSORIES
Accessories are one of the most fun parts of decorating a room. This is where you really see the personality of the room come together in the final details. Items like a tall vase, some coffee table books, or some fresh flowers are great ways to add character to a room.

Which one of these ideas are you most excited to try?

Warm regards,
Megan

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