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Built-ins in dining room. Paint out, remove upper doors, replace hardware, attach trip work to make the curved panels at the top.

The "homework" end of this girl's bedroom features a wall of built-in bookshelves, the interiors painted green to let the chaos of books stand out - Traditional Home® / Photo: Pieter Estersohn & John Bessler / Design: Celerie Kemble

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I love the negative space around the items on the shelf so everything looks more important.

white built in bookcases, stone fireplace

this is well arrange, but just too quiet for me. If the inside backs were painted a Chinese red, all of the beigey objects would just pop! They would assume an importance they don't have now. Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray

Incorporate objects from throughout your house into the display. Anything with an interesting shape or design can be a candidate. Look for objects that have commonalities, such as white finishes, to create a more unified display.