bookshelves around a fireplace with a vaulted ceiling
I am looking for help regarding design ideas for adding bookshelves around my fireplace. The fireplace is in the center of the wall of our diningroom/living room. The room is approximately 40feet long with a 18ft vaulted ceiling.
My problem is that the wall also has two large picture windows - one on either side of the fireplace.
I had thought to take the bookshelves all the way to the ceiling, but that is a very steep angle coming back down to the windows. My second option is taking the bookshelves straight across to match up to the top of the windows, but then the mantel is significantly lower. My third option is to build the bookshelves to the same height as the mantle, but that literally chops the wall in half.
Has anyone else run into a similar problem or does anyone have an idea?