Like hooks for stuff here's an idea for shelving with character: box frames.
Hallway idea - loving the grey walls & white frames.
NYC Bachelor Pad& Inside The Home Of Photographer Douglas Friedman Wood floor, dark walls, and lots of pictures - alternative to white brick walls
Low cupboards to seat TV (see LH alcove) with bookshelves above
Un appartement classique rock * Interiors * The Inner Interiorista
Vintage Teak Telephone Seat home decor design furniture -omg, this is a REAL piece of furniture! - Modern Home
You could do this with any color. Just paint the wall frames the same. How cool if u put black white photos in these black frames on black walls. A conversation piece for sure.
Folly Green, Farrow and Ball. Discover hallway ideas on HOUSE - design, food and travel by House & Garden, including this space creating hallway
Clever Built-Ins for Small Spaces - These shelves that fit around a door, by Lauren Rubin Architecture, are a clever way to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small space, and they give the doorway a little extra presence.
gray living room/Paint skirtings, dado, and cornice in the same colour as the wall. When using a dark colour like this room by Steven Gambrel, the effect is sharp and modern.