What is it with wall niches around here? Every house I walk into has a niche. Or two. Or more.
Want to see the Granddaddy of all wall niches? They're tearing it out on one of my jobs right now.
This is what will go in it's place. :-)
Yes, we're building a fireplace on that wall and some cabinetry, because there is that giant cavity there left from the niche.
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I suppose builders installed them to create interest and depth in these tall spaces we have.
However, most times, they create decorating problems and chop up the space unnecessarily.
You have to dream up some kind of arrangement of stuff or something to hang in them. And usually, they're up high, so you'll never be able to dust or clean up there properly.
I have a niche in my house too.
It's right at the top of the stairs. It backs up to my daughter's bathroom we remodeled a few years ago. You can see the niche in the floor plan at that link.
When we lived in Norway, I collected a few unique antiques to bring back with me to remind us of those years spent there.
One of the items was an old birch backpack, formerly used to gather blueberries, with blueberry stains still inside.
In Norway, wild blueberry picking in the summer is popular. They have lots of wild blueberry bushes in the underbrush in certain areas, and my family and I would gather some ourselves with our special blueberry picker. :-)
So, when I brought that backpack home to Houston, I wanted a special place to hang it. Really, this niche was ideal.
It was the perfect size, and kind of protected the backpack by having it recessed in the wall. I paired it with some old ice skates, some Norwegian carved cups, and an antique Norwegian food box. It actually makes a nice little family memory nook.
Okay, so not all niches are bad. :-)
I was on a consultation recently, and the homeowner had a niche, a deep hole really, above her fireplace mantel. She didn't know what to do with it.
That is usually the big problem with niches, isn't it? Figuring how to fill them with a lot of unnecessary dust-catching stuff!
I suggested she get some old shutters and just hang them to cover up the niche. Then, she doesn't have to get it patched up with sheetrock and have dust and sanding and a painter in her house.
Easy fix, no? :-)
Are you looking for some shutters to cover up a niche or two? I might have some links below.