One of the best ways to show off art work in your home is in a recessed niche. Niches are fantastic because they allow you to group and arrange many items without taking up space in a room. Niches go into the wall rather than taking up valuable floor space. They give space where you didn’t think you had any. There are lots of ways you can use a recessed art niche in your home; try some of these ideas to turn any room into an art gallery with niches.
What to Put Inside
The biggest question many homeowners have about using recessed niches is what to put inside them. Think of your niche as the area where you place things you want to focus on or notice. Because they are a part of the wall, niches tend to get a little extra attention. You can place anything at all in in this extra space. But yet, by taking the time to select and arrange the items with care, you can make a statement in the room. Ideas for using art niches include:
• Placing pottery and unique items gathered on trips inside them.
• Arranging seasonal décor and including unusual items like a branch of fall leaves or fresh flowers with the objects.
• Resting a picture or a mirror inside the niche, rather than hanging it on the wall to draw extra attention to it.
• Painting the back of the niche a different color than the rest of the wall so that it stands out and highlights what’s inside better.
• Lining the back of the niche with glass mosaics, decorative wallpaper, or other unique materials to draw extra attention.
• Placing unusual items like small lamps inside one or two to bring extra light to the entire display.
• Placing items that have a special meaning like a bottle of sand and some shells from a favorite beach trip.
Remember that no matter what you place in the niche, it will become something that people focus on when they enter the room. So take the time to find special and unique items that say exactly what you want the viewer to hear about your personality and style.