This is an example of a medium sized classic formal open plan living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring and no tv.

Hampstead London NW3Transitional Living Room, London

bespoke joinery
pocket door
wooden ladder

This is an example of a medium sized classic formal open plan living room in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring and no tv. —  Houzz
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Julie Butterworth added this to 10 Times Open Shelving is Worth the Dusting21 May 2018

Range up and overShelving can be built in so perfectly that it becomes an intrinsic part of the walls themselves. Take it around and over a doorway and it turns into an architectural framing device for what lies beyond. The designers of this space have gradually reduced the space between the shelves from the floor up to accommodate most book sizes. There’s not much wasted space here – every shelf earns its keep with maximum storage.

Kate Burt added this to 10 Design Questions to Ask About Knocking Down a Wall15 Feb 2018

What if I don’t want to see my doors when they’re open?If you want to hide your doors away when you open up between your rooms, a popular trend is for ‘pocket doors’. These slide away discreetly into a counter frame within a stud wall, only to be seen when you want to alter the dynamic, function or intimacy of the room by closing them. They are top-hung, which means the floor is left free from obstruction, so there’s no perceivable change in the flooring, allowing the rooms to flow freely into one another. The key to the smooth operation of a pocket door is in the preparation and planning, especially if you’re installing it in an existing home, as you’ll need to think about what services and pipes might already be inside the wall cavity. It may be that there are easier ways of achieving this if it’s a more flexible space you’re after.

Victoria Harrison added this to Should You Ever Display Books With Their Spines Facing the Wall?7 Feb 2018

Where do you stand?So there you have both sides of this papery debate. Now it’s your turn to weigh in…Tell us… Which way do you store your books, and have any of these arguments changed your mind? Let us know in the Comments section.

Victoria Harrison added this to Sliding Pocket Door Ideas You're Going to Love11 Sep 2017

Include more space for storageNow this is a room design that shows how to squeeze every last drop of potential out of a compact floor plan. The double pocket doors tuck right back into the wall to allow full access to the living room from the hallway beyond without impacting on the floor space. The tuck-away doors also clear the way for bespoke shelving up and over the doorframe.View more shelving ideas

Parsons Gray {interior decoration + design} added this to How to Make a Place Your Own19 Jul 2017

Decorate with booksYour collection of paperbacks and hardbacks – whether modest or grand – is one of the biggest reflections of your personality and can bring instant colour to a room, so ensure that it’s one of the first things you unpack. There are so many creative ways to display books, for example the ingenious fitted shelving in this living room not only provides plenty of storage space but also serves as a frame to the entrance hall beyond. Get creative with invisible shelves, wall-mounted wine or apple crates, and even colour-coded arrangements to create a large vignette.

houseology added this to The Key Dimensions to Know When Designing Storage9 Jul 2017

BooksA key decision with shelving for books is whether to opt for fixed or adjustable shelves. Fixed shelves have the advantage of creating in-built, visual harmony. Adjustable shelves mean that each shelf can be positioned to suit books of differing heights. This might be important where space is limited and every centimetre needs to be maximised. Shelves 60cm wide will work well here and allow a single book to be removed without the rest collapsing. Adjustable shelves wider than 60cm run the risk also of sagging under the weight of heavy booksNext is the matter of the types of books to be stored. Most books fit happily on shelves 23cm deep. And most books, including paperbacks, need a clearance (ie, the distance between each empty shelf, measured vertically) of just 23cm, with a clearance of 30cm accommodating all but oversize books. These need shelves 30-40cm deep and a vertical clearance of 50cm.While you’ll need to fine-tune the dimensions to suit the context and visual appearance of the shelving, good all-round dimensions for fixed shelving would be a depth of 23cm and a clearance of 30cm.10 of the best bookcase ideas on Houzz

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Kathleen Overchuck added this to Kathleen's ideas3 days ago

Love storage but put doors on it

ramnichols14 added this to Bookshelves for office or living room5 days ago

bookshelves either side of the window (without looking at it and not measuring)

Pauline Wells added this to Pauline's ideas6 days ago

Brilliant idea,never would have thought of that.

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