Custom built ins are a great way to maximize and change the feel of a space. Whether you are looking for a wall unit, desk area build in, entertainment center or a unique option to display artwork, there are endless possibilities. Often in New York City the building codes, especially in the older buildings, can be strict and limit the possibilities for moving walls or drastically changing the existing layout. If space is limited or you do not have much flexibility in performing renovation work, hiring a cabinetry firm or designer to assist you with drawing or selecting options that will work and compliment your space will be helpful. If you are looking for a large amount of storage space it's important to look at options which aren't too massive or one dimensional. Too many cabinets or too many shelves can completely overwhelm a room, especially if it is a covering an entire wall. Similarly if all of the shelves or cabinets are the same size you might as well go to Ikea, the variation in build ins with shelf/ cabinet size is what makes them elegant and compliment a room. If you are displaying artwork such as sculptures for example, you will want a build in that does not overtake the artwork with its design, and serves a functional backdrop able to highlight the art. Here are some inspirational images for living room build ins.