loving these gorgeous blue bookshelves. Having built in bookcases all the way up to the ceiling creates extra space. Avoids clutter, because you have enough space to store your favorite magazines, books, etc.
Small Space Secrets: Swap Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving. Here's a creative shelving arrangement that uses a deeper shelf at bottom to create a sort of bench. The bench can serve as extra seating for parties, or as a display space.