After much waffling, we opted for three wall mounted Ikea Besta units (the same kind we use for television storage in the living room), with glass front doors that have a white backing. I splurged on the glass doors because they look a little beach-glassy to me (with the faintest grey-blue tinge). They are similar, but not identical, to the glass backdrop behind the television, which is equally luminescent but more of a minty hue. The new ceiling fan also has a similar glossiness, but it's much greyer. Can you tell I'm kind of into anything with some glassy glow? In case I get bored of the look, there are other options. I can put a fun fabric behind the glass, or I could even paint the glass itself - painted glass turned out so beautifully with the amazing mirror Sarah made from an 80s glass chandelier.
One problem: there is an outlet immediately behind the wall mounted Besta and the only other one is to the right. This means the cord for the lamp on the left needs to run along the credenza. Messy! Not to worry, we're going to be building a wood top for the credenza, stained pale grey, to finish off the look and hide the Ikea-ness of it (most notably the seams between the three units). At that time we'll drill some holes in the top and run the cords down into the unit, to access the outlet hiding behind. I am unbelievably excited about the prospect of totally hidden lamp cords.
I've known all along that Hubby's grandpa's painting, which hung in the townhouse dining room, would also look good here. It's the perfect scale for the nook. I topped the credenza with the milky, glossy lamps from the townhouse office and I love how they pair with the glass doors.
And here's the nook now (good-bye taupe walls and oak trim):
UPDATE: We finished the floating credenza! See how we made a plywood top by reading this post and also take a look at how we finished the piece using furniture grommets - I love those hidden lamp cords!