We recently sold a home to lovely family with some crafty & book-collecting kids. They wanted to add some extra storage space and a craft center in the basement.
The first project was some built-in bookshelves around the bed. Our skilled carpenters built these to include bedside table cabinets on either side of the bed, as well as reading lamps hardwired into the sides by the bed. We painted the backboard Slate Gray (Restoration Hardware color) to give it more depth. Painting recessed shelves is a great way to add a pop of color or contrast and, of course, aesthetic value.
The next project was a Craft Center for a daughter who loved DIY & crafting. She had a lot of great input in the design herself, which was important since she would be the person using it regularly. It was priority to make it look good, yet be very comfortable. We decide to go standard counter height in order to fit a stool there instead of a standard size chair. It was also important to design a craft center which allowed for a lot of hidden storage space, so we went with solid wood cabinets instead of open shelving to be able to hide all the materials and projects-in-the-making. A Cherry wood counter top suited the space very well as it is very durable and wears nicely. We installed LED under cabinet lighting and drilled holes to newly-installed outlets within the countertops so she would be able to use her sewing machine, hot glue guns, etc.
Both of these projects were designed and completed with 7 days.