A slim floating bookcase is a nice, clean way to add storage to dead space.In other words, make your dead space COME ALIVE. Get the directions here on how to turn an Ikea bookshelf into a floating one.
Rows of matching Billy bookcases from Ikea work well here. Consider that the books and accessories offer the pop while the bookcases provide the background. (contemporary living room by Smith & Vansant Architects PC)