January 10, 2024

Beautiful Ways to Use Custom Millwork in Small Spaces

Here at C & C Cabinets, we understand that it's the little details that can truly elevate a space from ordinary to extraordinary. That's why we have a special place in our hearts for millwork the intricate and beautifully crafted woodwork that can add character and charm to any room.

From custom cabinetry to decorative trim, millwork is our secret weapon for creating unique and personalized spaces that leave a lasting impression. Today, we're excited to share some of our favorite ways to incorporate millwork into small spaces, proving that even the tiniest nook or cranny can benefit from this timeless artisanal touch.

Our favorites include:  

  • Crown Molding: A perfect blend of subtlety and elegance, crown molding can make your ceilings appear higher. It's an affordable way to add class to any small space.
  • Built-In Bookshelves: Combining functionality with style, built-in bookshelves not only save space but also serve as attention-grabbing elements of your interior design.
  • Custom Wet or Dry Bars: Whether you're installing it in the living room or repurposing a small alcove, a custom-built bar can make your space the ultimate destination for relaxation and socializing.  
  • Window Seats: Make use of that unused space under your windows by adding a custom-built window seat. It adds an inviting, cozy corner to any room.
  • Hidden Wardrobes: Hidden wardrobes, as the name suggests, blend seamlessly into the room's decor, eliminating the need for conventional closet spaces. They can be custom-made to fit any wall, making them an optimal choice for small apartments or rooms.  

Let's explore each of these a little more!  

custom millwork on ceiling and around windows in living room

#1. Crown Molding

Crown molding can be your secret weapon when it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your small space.  

But first, what exactly is it? In simplest terms, crown molding, or cornice, is a type of millwork that's applied where the wall meets the ceiling. Crafted from various materials, including wood or plaster, it often adorns the upper borders of rooms to create a seamless and polished look.

Now, how can crown molding elevate your space? The magic lies in its ability to draw the eye upwards, making your room appear taller than it is. Further, it provides character to a room by adding ornate detailing.

It can be as simple or as intricate as you want it to be, completely reflecting your taste. From elegant curves to geometric lines, the design possibilities with crown molding are truly endless.  

C & C Cabinets Tip: When it comes to small spaces, our designers suggest opting for thin, simple moldings. The goal is to avoid heavy ornamentation that could overwhelm the space. Remember, in design, sometimes less is more.

custom wood bookcase in living room

#2. Built-In Bookshelves

An effortless way to inject personality into any space, built-in bookcases can maximize space utilization while creating a focal point that draws the eye. Not only do they keep your books and trinkets organized, but they also serve as a pieces of artwork, exhibiting your prized possessions and cherished memories.

The best part? Custom built-in bookshelves offer immense versatility. They can be tall and slender, reaching up to the ceiling to draw attention upwards, making the room feel bigger.  

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#3. Custom Wet or Dry Bars

Make your home the life of the party with custom wet or dry bars. Custom bar units can serve multiple purposes, providing storage for beverages, glassware, and other essentials no matter how much space you have.

Not only can they provide a unique visual element to your space, but also they add functionality. It's a perfect addition to any living room or dining area, or consider a morning bar in the bedroom!

#4. Window Seats

If you've often glanced at that unfilled space under your windows and wondered how to make it useful, we've got the perfect solution for you, installing a custom-built window seat.

They're more than just a place to sit - they can add a homely warmth to your space, creating a cozy corner for lounging, reading, or daydreaming. And they can fit in those areas where nothing else seems to fit!  

clothes hanging in built in wardrobe

#5. Hidden Wardrobes

Finally, hidden wardrobesthese are an absolute game-changer for small bedrooms. Made-to-measure doors seamlessly blend into the wall, unveiling plenty of storage on the inside. It's like having a secret chamber in your bedroom!

Yet, the magic doesn't have to stop there. The inside of your hidden wardrobe can be customized to your heart's content. With bespoke storage, you can create an organized, space-efficient sanctuary for your belongings.  

  • Shoe cubbies for your collection of heels and sneakers
  • Tie and belt racks
  • Jewelry compartments
  • Shelves at different heights, fitting everything from sweaters to handbags
  • Trays and drawers for smaller items like lingerie or accessories

With a hidden wardrobe, every square inch is maximized and every item has its place. This approach not only saves ample living space but also allows you to keep your things tidy and easily accessible.  

More Inspiration > Choosing the Perfect Millwork for Your Home

built in hutch and millwork decorated with vases and artwork

Bring Charm to Your Space

Custom millwork can truly transform a space, adding character and charm that is unmatched by off-the-shelf options. From architectural accents to built-in cabinetry, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a unique and personalized environment.

At C & C Cabinets, our craftsmen are dedicated to bringing your vision to life, ensuring that every detail is tailored to your specific needs and preferences. With our custom designs, you can elevate your space with artistry and functionality that reflects your style.  

Don't settle for the ordinary – let us help you bring your dream space to reality! Schedule a design consultation with us today!

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