Wall niches are an element that composes the decoration at the same time that they contribute to the organization of the space, which is why they are so used in homes and apartments today.
But if you are thinking that a wall niche is just that square wooden frame, standard size, that you buy in furniture and decoration stores, know that there are a multitude of types, materials and sizes of niches, for all environments in the house.
When made-to-measure in interior design, niches can be the perfect solution for different environments, in addition to having the perfect material, color and size for your home.
In this post, we’ll show you the various types of niches, which can be walls, and not only!
Wall niches in the living room: the star of the living room
The living room is like the postcard of the house, the main environment, the space to receive visitors, as well as to relax with the family. That’s why finding harmony between practicality, convenience and care is so important in this environment.
Everyone wants to have a well-decorated, beautiful room that is also practical and comfortable to live in on a daily basis. That said, the idea of using wall niches becomes almost evident, after all, this feature unites organization and decoration.
As the living room is the main room of the house, a great idea is to invest in a set of niches on a wall, in which TV, books and objects will be placed.
The niches in a single mobile version, like a bookcase, made up of a set of niches, create ideal spaces for placing TV sets, as well as spaces for books, decorative objects and even plants. This element unifies and gives the look of space.
A simpler option for living is to make a single niche in tape and fix it to the wall, at a height below the TV or 50 centimeters from the floor, for example.
This niche is great for, in addition to storing equipment and supporting decorative objects, to help expand the environment. Being a single, long, continuous and low element, it gives the feeling of a larger space, which is very welcome in small living rooms.
Niches in the bedroom
A bedroom is a place of intimacy and rest, therefore, it is much better when it is an organized environment. The niches combine very well with this type of room, they can serve as an element to organize books, picture frames, affective objects.
Niches in the bedroom can be present, fixed to the wall, at a relatively high point, and even above the frame of openings, to store items that are not used in everyday life, or plants, to purify the air.
A nice idea for a wall niche in the bedroom, which is functional and brings a special decorative element to the room, is to create a unique built-in niche on the wall at the head of the bed. The result is a continuous surface, great for leaving objects before sleeping, such as books and cell phones.
But, in addition to this feature, the niches can also serve as a bedside table, for example, great for storing items you use before bed, and supporting a lamp.
Niches in children’s dorms
In children’s dorms, niches are a great resource to decorate the room and keep it organized. A good idea is to put them within reach of children so they can handle books and toys on their own.
The niches can even serve as an aid for the child to climb into bed and, thus, function as a ladder and storage space at the same time.
Slim niches can be attached to either the wall or other furniture and are great for storing books.
And of course, niches can be colored! In a single color or combining shades, after all, colored elements help to compose a playful and fun atmosphere, perfect to cheer up children.
Library made of niches
The niches, as they are frames where you can store objects, are perfect for placing books. Dividing the shape of the niche allows you to categorize books and thus compose a beautiful, functional, and organized library.
The library made of wall niches can be created in two ways: the first, and simpler, with square niches bought ready-made, fastening them to the wall in an organized or loose way, thus obtaining a unique and fun library.
It can also be made to measure in the environment you want, through a shelf made up of niches. This option, in addition to generating a lot of space to store, is ideal for those who collect a larger amount of books and create a spatial unit to the environment.
Wall niches in the kitchen
The kitchen is an environment in the house in which organization is essential, as it is where many items are stored, from utensils to food.
Kitchen alcoves are a great option for placing items you want to keep in view, while tucked away, such as coffee pots, teas, and books.
These can be built into kitchen cabinets, to further optimize space, or suspended on free walls.
Arranging wall niches on top of kitchen windows is a great option, in addition to decorating the environment, you can use the space to place objects you don’t use in your day-to-day.
Wall niches in the bathroom
The bathroom is a space that is very limited in size and needs space to store various elements for use in the space itself, so niches are the perfect alternative for the bathroom.
They can be present both on the cabinet under the sink and serve as a place to store toilet paper and towels, for example.
Wall niche in the bathroom stall.
The novelty that has been increasingly used in bathrooms is the niche of masonry in boxing. This niche is usually made in horizontal proportions, at eye level, being ideal for placing items used during the shower, such as shampoo, soap, sponge, etc.
The result is simple and elegant. Boxing gains a space that did not exist before, certainly being one of the most practical niches to have at home.
Built-in wall niches
Niches are normal elements that stand out from the wall plane, after all, they are objects that are fixed to the wall, however, they can also be embedded in the wall, thus increasing the space of the room and leaving it with a more uniform appearance.
The niches built into the wall are a feature that suits every room in the house, from the living room, hallways and bathrooms.
This type of niche is great for those who prefer cleaner environments, with no obstructions, as well as being ideal for those who have a lot of objects to store.
Niches as a space divider
Niches can also be a great option to differentiate and separate spaces in a simpler and more flexible way, without having to build a wall, and still have some contact between the environments, for greater spatial amplitude.
A shelf with niches can be the element that divides and, at the same time, unites two areas of the house, as in the previous image, in the apartment designed by the Piratininga Arquitetos Associados office. In order to make the spaces even more flexible, the niches can be mobile and, thus, you can open and close according to the use of the spaces.
This feature is ideal for multifunctional environments and small apartments, as it creates integration and transparency for the space.
Wall niches can be made from a variety of materials.
The wall niches, as you can see in the previous images, are very versatile in size, style and also in materials!
The most common type of niche is wood, which in itself already has different qualities and types; it can be from solid wood, laminate, plywood, MDF, and so on.
Shelf with niches in metal and wood. Apartment AMRA7, Piratininga Arquitetos Associados and Bruno Rossi project. Source: Archdaily
The wood finish can also result in quite different styles of wall niches, which can be opaque, gloss varnished, and even colored.
Polished concrete is a material and finishing that has been widely used for the construction of benches, shelves and also niches for environments. The result is a solid, heavy, resistant, and timeless object, great for supporting heavy objects like TV, for example.
To create a feeling of greater lightness and contemporaneity to the environment, metal sheets are the perfect material to compose wall niches. The result is elegant niches, due to their slenderness.