Contemporary, ledge-style bookshelves coupled with a built-in desk make this living area a multi-functional space. Displaying decorative items rather than storing books or files on the built-in shelving makes the space feel personalized and fresh. Below, the desk's drawers offer plenty of room for concealed storage. To get the look in your own home, choose a recessed wall that has enough depth to accommodate both shelving and a work area without overflowing into high-traffic areas.
For more ideas, see Design Problem, Solved: Carve Out a Workspace.