A bed with a bookcase headboard fits perfectly in the niche under the angled ceiling in this girl's contemporary bedroom. An accent wall of colorful butterfly wallpaper adds extra color to the white space.
This pretty, sleek bathroom is rich with details, from the stone shower niche and floor to the clean-lined sconce. A freestanding vanity provides storage and the open shelf is a great way to display towels.
A small niche is transformed into a cool kid's work area with the addition of a simple built-in shelf. Cork board painted bright yellow brightens the space and provides a spot to stick artwork and reminders.
A niche carved into a wall of this entertaining space features built-in wine storage, a wine cooler and staggered, modern shelving that puts barware on display. Accent lighting under each shelf puts further emphasis on the bar, turning it into a focal point.
Rustic and Asian styles combine to create this striking kitchen. The rectangular wood range hood above the stainless steel oven doubles as a shelf to display art and accessories. Black granite countertops carry through to the niched backsplash featured behind the oven.
In this family room, a niche beside the fireplace was turned into a media unit with the addition of a cabinet and television. A long wood plank is used as both a mantel and a shelf and helps to visually unify the two areas.
A popular way to integrate storage into a shower is with a wall niche, but adding one can be a costly addition. An excellent cost-saving alternative is to use a mitered piece of tile installed into the corner as a floating shelf. The only added labor is the cutting off the shelf tile, as well as any wall tile to which it will be attached.
A niche with scalloped corners creates an artful spot for the clean-lined, upholstered bed in this contemporary bedroom. Stacked stone forms an accent wall, with a functional shelf built into the stone. A hallway with lighted steps leads into the room, with more storage built into the hallway wall, maximizing space.
A niche carved into a wall of this entertaining space features built-in wine storage, a wine cooler and staggered, modern shelving that puts barware on display. Accent lighting under each shelf puts further emphasis on the bar, turning it into a focal point. A fireplace is the focal point and adds a cozy feel.
Using careful groupings of furniture and objects, you can create distinct niches, even in smaller spaces. Designer Michel Boyd uses an ultrasuede-covered couch and bookcase to create a reading nook in his home, and this chair and pillows framed by a cut-out portion of wall is its own unique vignette.