Maybe I will choose to have the piece span from one side of the wall to the other, this should create enough storage!
I could work it into the architectural details of the rooms and build a cabinet on either side of the doorway. This is a pretty option and would not overwhelm the room.
I am sure this conversation will continue so stay tuned and if you have any fantastic built in photos please send them my way!
(images via Better Homes and Gardens, Bosworth Hoedemaker via Houzz, Teri Turan via Houzz)