This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
The upper half of this modern kitchen is kept bright with the use of white walls and wood shelving. The lower half with the cabinetry is matte black, creating a strong contrast to the rest of the kitchen.
Best of DIY Home Decor: Everyone needs a broom closet; here the brooms, mops and cleaning supplies are very efficiently housed in a narrow pullout cabinet. Everything is handy and accessible, much easier to grab than from underneath the sink.