Curved niches define the fireplace and media area of this contemporary living room to cut against the symmetrical lines of the window treatments and furnishings. Cream-colored cornice moldings and built-in cabinetry add architectural detail and contrast with the deep gold walls.
You may be tempted to create a gallery wall of art, but sometimes the best way to feature an item is to stick with simplicity. “And, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Great-looking art can always wow a space,” says designer Alice Cramer. Scour flea markets and consignment stores, or befriend an emerging artist or sculptor.
An LED TV sits in a rustic niche across from the couch. “We have a lot of fencing outside that is cedar. We brought that inside, so there is a real definite tie in,” says HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “We took that cedar, put it in the back of the niche where the TV is, and we painted the opposite wall.”
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.
Making the most of the space, a small writing desk pulls double duty as bedside table while a Panton-inspired S chair and chunk vintage lamp add sculptural flair to their corner of the room. Quirky illustrations feel casual and relaxed when grouped together and leaned against the wall - they also highlight the room's high-energy color palette.