An arched yellow & white wall unit added storage, plus gave this living room a focal point

Vintage 1970 arched wall unit living room a focal point
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In a room that had no unbroken wall space, the effect of at least one solid wall was gained by installing a good-looking, functional built-in wall cabinet. As a bonus, the home gained an enormous amount of valuable storage space.

Using white louvered shutters to cover existing windows was a much better choice than leaving them as plain glass, because the shutters allowed light to filter through, but did not visually break up the space.

The broken-up effect was the original flaw in the room’s architecture that the project sought to remedy, but giving the living room a focal point was an added benefit.

By creating three arches for the upper sections of the wall unit, the decor was particularly appropriate for a room furnished with traditional pieces.

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Wicker/cane panels were installed in the lower cabinet doors, and the curved sections above were painted the same color as the cane in order to better relate the top and bottom halves of the unit.

If it were desirable to make the room appear larger than it is, it would be preferable to paint a built-in unit of this type to match the walls, so that its bulk would be less conspicuous. Painting the end walls in a color different from that of the other two walls tends to bring them visually together.

The open shelves above dado height were ideal for books and for displaying decorative accessories, art objects, floral arrangements, and greenery.

The enclosed shelves below provided storage space for all those items important to family living that people liked to keep out of sight, while making sure they were still readily accessible — such as a television set, a stereo system, or paperwork.

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