Adding a storage wall of cabinets is a nice way to stash things that you need but not often. What the inside of the cabinet looks like is your business. However, a display wall will give you the chance to show off your favorite things.
A display wall can be as simple as a bookcase on a pedestal. Adding a pedestal means you can avoid cutting out the baseboard of your display wall. These walls can be put on walls with doorways and windows, or on a flat wall with no breaks.
If you have a decent sized window and would like more storage as well as display space, look for a trunk that will fit under the window to serve as a window seat. Once you have the right height, you can build basic boxes or look for shelf units that can be customized to fit beside the trunk to fill in the whole width of the wall. You can also build the pedestal in front of the baseboard and stack tall bookcases on top of the pedestals to reach to the ceiling. If you’re not the best painter but you know exactly what you want, they can help.
A word about the Ikea built in bookcase wall: If you are not comfortable with crown molding, consider hiring a carpenter to finish the top of the cases. If you don’t want crown molding at the top, leave at least a foot between the top of the bookcase and the ceiling, and put something decorative up there. A small gap will look unfinished. Consider bringing in house painters to help you seal any gaps between the shelving and the wall.
Battery operated lights can be added to the shelves that contain your treasures. Look for those with multiple color options just for fun. If you have some electrical skills, you can run wires through the shelf, but you will need shelves with a thicker profile to give you some room. Talk to someone with a painting company who can help you find the most durable coating if using particle board shelving units. Your Las Vegas painter can give you tips.
These shelves make it easy to customize the back of your unit. If you are showing off gems or something sparkly, put a mirror at the back. If you are showing off something austere, talk to your house painters about using a bold paint color. Unlike your built in storage, you don’t want everything on your display wall the same color. If you are so inclined, make everything different!