Alternatives to Built-Ins

Custom Built-ins, especially on either side of a fireplace, are generally wanted by most homeowners. Who doesn't love the look of well done cabinetry? But, let's face it. As lovely as they are, they are not inexpensive to have built and installed. Leaving that space unfinished however, can make your space feel like something is missing.

Just because custom built-ins are not in your budget, doesn't mean you can't achieve a great look. Here are some great alternatives to custom built ins.

1. Install low cabinets and shelving. Paint the wall an accent color add interest and depth. Puck lights under the shelving show off your collectibles and add ambiance.

Exposed ceiling beams in this dining room provide a perfect space to hang pendant and secondary lighting. On either side of a large white fireplace are nooks where shelving is built into walls that have been painted orange.
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2. Fake built-ins with drywall and wood. Case out the front to add more detail. Lighting up the interior of the cubbies makes your decor shine.

Electric fireplaces can be the perfect addition to homes or spaces where a traditional fireplace would not be practical.
via United Fireplace and Stone

3.  Use floating shelves to create architectural interest. Hanging them in an offset pattern makes the display more interesting. Backing it with reclaimed wood adds depth and texture.

Floating shelves on either side of this white stone fireplace enhance this living room's contemporary look. Dark contrasting panels in the inset walls make the white shelves pop.
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4.  Use ready made cabinetry. Flanking the fireplace with store bought cabinets works just as well as built ins. Glass fronted cabinets mimic the look of built-ins and add style.

The short hall from the front door enters directly into the spacious living room with a large light gray stone fireplace. On either side of the fireplace is a matched pair of glass-faced curio cabinets. The large L-shaped sectional sofa and two armchairs provide ample seating.
via Homestratosphere

5. Get matching console tables. Hang mirrors above them, add lamps and other decor and you have a put together space.

A sense of symmetry brings out the natural beauty in the sitting room. On either side of the fireplace, distressed demilune consoles and stylized mirrors have an old but new quality. The ceiling is a few shades darker than the walls, which adds a coziness to the elegant space.
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Create a well styled space without breaking your budget. Any of these low cost options would be great additions to any space.

Happy decorating!


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