I recently completed a set of shelves and cabinets for my friend Joanne. On either side of her fireplace, there were backset areas that cried out to be filled, and lo! they were.
Lower cabinets up to 40″ with moulding-trimmed doors and open shelves up above. I connected the ensemble with a sort of crown moulding all across the top, and added a center ‘keystone’ to give it symmetry and focus.
I also finshed out the large pass-through from her kitchen to the dining area. Originally there was a homemade, tiled counter, but it had warped from not being properly affixed to the framing. Then it was a matter of trimming out around the opening with the same casing we have been using, and voila! Neat, attractive and finished looking!