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20 Beautiful Built-Ins

Function and form come together with gorgeous built-in shelving. Browse our favorite looks, and build your own to add drama and storage to your home.

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Global Inspiration

A built-in shelf doesn’t have to be floor-to-ceiling books. Display a favorite collection, such as the globes featured here.

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Photo: Kathleen Forbush

Glam Wallpaper

The gleaming, graphic wallpaper backing this traditional piece is doing double duty in this living room. It both adds dimension to the monochromatic arrangements of items on the shelves and echoes the fantastic retro pendant in the middle of the space.

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Photo: Nickolas Sargent. From: Corey Damen Jenkins.

Edgy Pastels

The delicate blush paint in this study serves as a gentle complement to the delicate molding and intricate gold details flanking the mantel. These shelves’ interiors are another story altogether. Dark grasscloth wallpaper and paint create dramatic contrast at the center of this sweet space.

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Photo: Wendy Labrum. From: Wendy Labrum.

Works of Art

Mounted brass picture lights accent individual portions of this living room built-in and contribute to ambient illumination for the whole room. A trio of armchairs, the coffee table and fireplace screen echo the gleaming accents. How’s that for multipurpose design?

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