While I’ve never been a big fan of our family room bookshelves, we can’t remove them because:
1. We need the storage space for books, DVDs, photos, etc. and
2. The bookshelves were installed before the wood flooring, so removing them would mean installing new wood and resurfacing pretty much the entire first floor.
To make them more interesting, I had graphic print wallpaper installed on the back wall. It adds depth and visual interest to the entire room. I love the result!