A posh Paris hotel spa was the inspiration for this master bathroom. The furniture-style cabinets are a replication of French country cabinetry prevalent in the south of France during the 18th century. A stunning wall of candle niches offers pockets of glowing light and the therapeutic benefits of chromotherapy have been incorporated through lighting in the tub and shower areas. Piped-in music and a flat screen television mounted behind a tempered two-way mirror complete the experience.
This cottage-style master bathroom, an addition that hugs the existing structure of this charming Jamestown, Rhode Island, bungalow, features soft blue walls, white wainscoting and built-in cabinets that flank the mirror. Lighting is installed directly on the mirror inside a built-in niche, adding to the room's cozy ambiance. Nautical-style light fixtures and beadboard paneling are among the many details that tie this room to its location and give it a breezy, coastal vibe.
This room is both a library and a dining room. It features a built-in bookcase with custom millwork, a buffet and niche for art. The look is modern with touches of Asian influence. The dining chairs are also custom and feature Lee Jofa linen velvet with brass nailheads on the back that complement the modern fixture above the table. The window-side table is the final custom piece with a gray marble top and steel base.
This view of the master bath shower shows the detail and thought put into the design. The vertical accent tile adds interest to the shower walls, while the water activated LED-lit linear shower drain is a fun feature. The small custom niches offer a spot to rest your foot while trying to shave, and the digital spa controls are perfect to complete that spa-like feel.
The artwork nestled in the tiny wall niche next to the bed was chosen not just for its coordinating colors and geometric patterns, but also for its perfect size and shape. Local Truckee, Calif. painter Carole Sesko, who also did the artwork in the adjacent guest bathroom, created this piece using acrylic paint and mixed media.
The gray and white color palette in this contemporary master bath gives the room a clean, airy feeling. A frameless glass enclosure keeps the streamlined shower in view, and white subway tile is accented by gray mosaic tile on the floor and inside a functional niche. White marble surrounds the shower, and floor tile is laid in a tight herringbone pattern for added interest.
Storage Dilemma: You have a bathroom with a pedestal sink or vanity with limited counterspace. Solution: For this bathroom by Criner Remodeling, a niche behind the toilet with built-in glass shelves creates a much-needed home for grooming essentials and framed photos. This keeps the products within easy reach, and the photos help personalize the space.
This inviting foyer welcomes guests into a bright open living room that is dripping in character. White wainscoting lines the walls, while metallic foil gray silver cork wallpaper add a touch of color to the niches and the ceiling. A subtle custom bench hugs the walls with a dark blue and gold fabric adding seating to the space. Finally, a custom marble medallion sets the tone for the rest of the home.
In the foyer of this cozy, yet spacious cabin retreat, a sliding barn door and wood-paneled walls introduce visitors to the home's rustic ambiance from the moment they step inside. A narrow niche houses a built-in bench, a perfect spot to perch and pull off your boots. Draperies dress the windows that flank the front door, and the panels draw to offer nighttime privacy. A wagon wheel-style chandelier adds sparkle while keeping with the cozy cabin feel.
Tasked with fitting a washer and two dryers into this slim laundry room, designer RaeLynn Callaway of Classically Yours Interiors had limited space to add storage. She configured the cabinets to make the most of every inch, including open niches for bins and baskets. She also paid special attention to aesthetics, with lively green paint and corner cabinets that house art and accents. "I have realized that if you have a 'happy' laundry room you have a happy laundry person," Callaway says. Fun colors, cabinet hardware, flooring patterns and decor can really make a difference."
Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
Designer Justine Sterling transformed a low ceiling basement space in a 1920s Colonial with a primary focus to create a studio for the two little budding artists in the family. Besides creating a place for the kids, the basement space could solve some of family’s increasing need for a place to store shoes and coats by creating a mud room niche, a small laundry area and even an upgrade to the teeny powder room. A mix of high and low materials adds personalization and keeps the space from feeling cheap.
The front entry is one of the most important features of a home, both architecturally and aesthetically. It dictates the homes curb appeal and embodies the overall character and style of the house. Here, surrounding the entrance, concrete pavers trimmed with precast molding were precision cut to form niches, adding architectural interest to the entryway. Together, stone, concrete and iron provide the depth and dimension that gives the outside entrance to this home a special flair.
The Houghtons' 4,000 square foot lakeside retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina offers a place for the family to work and play when not spending time at their home in Chapel Hill.
Inside, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Houghtons determined that a fitness room took priority over a vacuous master bedroom suite, so Heather designated that area on plan to house a gym with a climbing wall. She then ditched the idea of a dining room, in favor of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table open to the kitchen and family room.
The formal living room/parlor is one of the first impressions you get to make on your guests about what your personal style is and how you like to live at home. For the entertaining spaces in this home our client wanted chic, well edited rooms with simple palettes and lots of light. Their formal living room is exactly that with transitional furnishings and original artwork created by one of their daughters. The layering in this room is subtle but impactful. Metallic wallcovering defines the niches, sheer panels, a painted ceiling and an antique mirrored platform coffee table rest on a white silk rug. All of these carefully curated details have light-reflective properties. Editing does not equate to skimping.