I’m not a fan of the senseless niches that were part of the design of so many subdivision homes built in the 1980s and 1990s. I prefer to close them off like I did in this remodel. It’s my opinion that a niche really has to serve a purpose, it can’t be random.
However, if a niche adds architectural interest, then I’m completely on board. I’ve noticed many arched niches with built in shelves popping up in kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces, and I really love this look. They require planning with a new build, but can also be created within existing walls by restructuring the framing and creating an inset in sheetrock or plaster.
Walls and ceilings are mostly angular and straight lines, so it’s nice when rounded shapes appear in spaces. These twelve examples showcase this trending architectural feature.
I love niches! We bought a 1938 house that had original niches — so definitely not just a 1990’s thing. 😉 We have one above our fireplace and one in a living room wall that we put in knotty alder shelving.
My 2002 house has a small arched niche in a tight hallway space across from the coat closet. Drives me nuts!