Finding your niche

niche  /niCH/

 

noun

  1. 1.a shallow recess, esp. one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament.

    synonyms:recessalcovenookcrannyhollowbaycavitycubbyhole,pigeonhole More

verb

  1. 1.  place or position (something) in a niche.

    Wow, niches can be really difficult.. Builders love to add them to new homes but homebuyers are often confounded as to what to put in them?  We are asked often:  "What do I put in this thing?"  Often folks go on a shopping trip just to fill the niche!  In case your home has one or multiple niches, we have done the research to show you some creative possibilities for your niche(s). 

 Simple and architectural wooden rings from Arteriors.

Simple and architectural wooden rings from Arteriors.

Not only would these look great in a contemporary setting, but also in a more traditional room.  They're so simple and striking! Simple is key...  try not to accessorize with lots of little things.  It ends up looking cluttered and fussy.  Plus you have to dust all those fake flower arrangements... ugh!

 Another cool organic Arteriors sculpture.

Another cool organic Arteriors sculpture.

We love the organic feel of this sculpture.  Plus, it's huge!  Scale is another factor to keep in mind when outfitting a niche.  Be bold! You don't have to spend lots of money to do something like this.  It is possible to find natural items that you can drag home and place.  Just make sure you check for creatures first!   

 Adding something with meaning helps create a story especially at the entrance of your home.

Adding something with meaning helps create a story especially at the entrance of your home.

We found this santo on Ebay.  He's not perfect, and his patina is part of the beauty. Also, he tells a story about the spiritual dimension of a home.  Consider a protective santos to watch over kiddos., pets and exhausted parents. 

 

 Currey & Co mirror.

Currey & Co mirror.

 Moroccan Mirror by Wisteria.

Moroccan Mirror by Wisteria.

These mirrors would be beautiful in a niche that isn't deep enough to use a sculpture.  We love the shape of the tops for use in an arched niche.  A simple succulent arrangement in front would be a perfect companion piece.

And finally...art glass always works in niches--especially if the niche is outfitted with a wall-washing can light to illuminate the glass.  

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Hope you enjoy our ideas for niches and find some inspiration for your own project.  Now...go find your niche!