Looking to make a dramatic statement in your living or family room? Have you considered built-in shelves? Built-ins are much more than just storage. They can take a room from "hum drum" to memorable.
Personally, I love dark shelves to create a little drama. The color we chose for these built-ins is Benjamin Moore's Antique Pewter in a Satin finish. If you leave a large open space in the middle between the shelves, it offers the perfect spot for either a sofa or a console cabinet and TV. In this particular room, the developer wired the wall between the shelves for a flat screen TV. The cable and electrical outlets are hidden behind the large painting. This makes these built-ins flexible, allowing for several different furniture arrangements. To finish off the look, make sure to add sconces. They look great and offer necessary reading light, since side tables do not work with this configuration.
The sconces we used in the living room above are Restoration Hardware's Petite Candlestick Sconce.
Insetting a sofa in built-ins creates a dramatic look while managing to keep a room feeling cozy - no small feat!