This seems like a perfect shelf and cabinet layout based on our spacing. Could work nicely if face of fireplace were raw or white brick. Crown molding look? (not sure what to call fireplace surround) may be too formal but generally like.
Practical shelving makes the most of the alcove space in this living room, with a large space on the bottom shelf to store logs to fuel the traditional wood-burning stove. Light wooden flooring is teamed with a fresh white rug to match the sofa.