This seems like a perfect shelf and cabinet layout based on our spacing. Could work nicely if face of fireplace were raw or white brick. Crown molding look? (not sure what to call fireplace surround) may be too formal but generally like.
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Design - The center portion of the built-in is flat on the front to appear as cabinetry. The flanking components consist of open adjustable shelves, a wood counter-top, decorative end panels, and adjustable shelving for components in lower cabinetry.
White corner-to-corner shelves and cabinets in the living area create design impact. Use stock upper kitchen cabinets to provide a custom storage look without custom costs. The open shelves are simple in design and installation.