Furniture can add pizzazz
Whether it’s a cute window seat in a child’s bedroom, wall-to-wall bookcases in a home office or a sleek integrated TV unit in the family room, built-in furniture can be a practical and stylish addition to any area of the home.
Your individually designed piece can be as detailed or as minimalist as you like.
It can be any shape, size and colour. And it can be styled to suit, with materials to complement or contrast as needed.
“Built-in or integrated furniture can help ensure consistency of style, tying in with other cabinetry or furniture in your home,” Oswald Homes interior designer Danielle Ellery said. “Another big benefit of built-in furniture is that it looks seamless, with no awkward corners and nothing to intrude into the room.”
Here are four ideas from Oswald Homes for integrating furniture into a new home design:
A classic way to build in extra seating and extra storage, a window seat is something of a must-have in a Hamptons-style home.
A window seat is also a wonderful inclusion in a child’s bedroom, as it can encourage reading, and it’s the perfect place for story-time and cuddles.
Built-in bookcases look great in all styles of home, whether they’re filling a wall or filling a recess.
Mouldings can really set off a traditional bookcase, while cube-like designs with mitred edges are a perfect fit for contemporary homes.
Incorporating cupboards will give you handy extra storage for items you don’t want on show.
The black panel can be cleverly concealed behind the sliding doors of a built-in cabinet.
An integrated TV unit is a particularly fabulous feature in a mid-century modern home.
It’s a good idea to set the TV into a veneer rear panel so that everything looks totally seamless even when the TV is on show.
Perfect for charging phones and laptops or tablets, a tech zone can easily be integrated into your kitchen design, or accommodated within a scullery or boot room.
You’ll need some concealed power points, which can be positioned behind a false panel with doors for access.
The whole look becomes neat and streamlined. Choosing materials to match the kitchen cabinetry or to complement furniture in the family room will help keep the look consistent.