The Beauty of Built Ins

Although functional and practical, built ins and cabinetry can also be beautiful beyond belief—these five examples prove it


Photo by Spacecrafting

Feminine Flair

Designed by Michael Paul Design Build, Talley Jane Interiors, and Margaret Jane Design Group, these clean white built ins, complemented by a soft-pink touch of feminine flair and stunning crystal starburst light fixture, are the perfect addition to any daughter’s bedroom. Toss in incredible views like these, and you’ll never get your kids to leave (unless dinner’s ready, that is).

Photo by Troy Thies

Bright & Bold

Add a bout of bold color to any space with a floor-to-ceiling expansive wall of colorful built ins. In this Martha O’Hara, John Kraemer & Sons, and Murphy & Co. kitchen, a deep blue selection makes an undeniable statement—both in function and flair. A rolling ladder and gold hardware create a timeless ambiance hard to replicate.

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Understated Elegance

Tays & Co. Design Studios proves built ins don’t need to be massive or overly grand to be impressive and beautiful. Incorporating natural wood and a charred shou-sugi ban technique, this custom-made piece by St. Cloud’s Alpine Cabinetry ushers a rustic touch of nature into an Upper Gull Lake cabin’s upper-level guest room.

Photo by Landmark Photography

Kid-Friendly Digs

Create a cozy reading nook in a kids’ bedroom or family gathering space. Why? Kids deserve thoughtful, intentional design, too. Here, Ruby & Suede and Highmark Builders did exactly that, adding pullout drawers for board games or blankets and open shelves for books and trinkets. Plump pillows make cuddles and nighttime book-reading sessions with Mom and Dad irresistible.

Photo by Landmark Photography

A Fab Foyer

Make a jaw-dropping first impression before your family and friends remove their shoes. In the front entry of this Swan Architecture, Landmark Builders, and Walsh Design Group project, dramatic detailing decorates a foyer bench and its accompanying storage solutions—perfect for storing gear during cold Minnesota winters. A unique round window completes the entry’s traditional look and feel.

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