This is the perfect place to put a pull out bed. I always look at those beds and think they're impractical because it's too hard to leave all of the open floor space needed for one but I'd happily do it for this library/reading space
Rows of matching Billy bookcases from Ikea work well here. Consider that the books and accessories offer the pop while the bookcases provide the background. (contemporary living room by Smith & Vansant Architects PC)
In the central living area between rooms use pocket doors. French doors invite daylight to flow through the den and the living room of this farmhouse. Pocket doors between the rooms slide closed for sound control.
Rotating Sink, Has Cutting Board, Colander & More. This is the best thing I've ever seen -- especially if at least one of the parts is very deep like our sink. And I thought I fell in love when we changed ours to a 3 part sink, WOW!