Asked on Jan 13, 2016

Wall Niche- what to Make of It? Ideas?

Olena Beloous
by Olena Beloous
So we have this wall niche, in the dining-kitchen area, and I am not sure what to use it for. I will appreciate any ideas.
Thanks to all!
  27 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 13, 2016
    I would look on pinterest they show a lot of inspirational ideas
  • Kelli Kelli on Jan 13, 2016
    that looks like an amzing place for some wooden shelves and to make the back wall pop you can put wallpaper or paint on it!! :)
  • CK CK on Jan 13, 2016
    Hmmm....well that depends on what your family's and the room's needs are. Do you need storage or display space? Shelves would be nice. Do you only want it for display? A large artwork would be fantastic here that fits into about 3/4 of the space's measurements. I might even try to find some small piece of decorative furniture that would fit. (Kinda hard to tell the niche's dimensions on the pic). I was thinking maybe some little piece with interesting drawers etc. A lot of your choices will depend on the style of your home, what functions you need or want to create and your own personal choices. These niches are fun to have...and sometimes they create some conundrums. But it's always fun to be creative with them! :-)
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Jan 13, 2016
    How about turning it into a Bar / wine rack since its in the kitchen / dining room area.I see the picture on the wall of bottles of wine. Which leads me to believe you are not against having a drink or two. LOLI have a few ideas if you want more info.
  • Moxie Moxie on Jan 13, 2016
    Built in look china cabinet; family command center, tv nook, have a cat? Would be a great spot fir catification : )
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 14, 2016
    Lots of good ideas given. In the meantime, I would hang the artwork you show in the space.
  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 14, 2016
    cute reading nook or paint or wallpaper accent the wall area, I like the idea of the bar, you already have a painting go from there
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jan 14, 2016
    Hi Olena. It looks to be a decent sized space. I would layer it. By this I would use the bottom for a wine storage or kid storage. Then I would use a shelf that came out half way for the next layer. Wine glasses or books. Next I would put in a plate/platter rack. Then maybe depending on the room you have left, a couple more shelves. For the back, I would do a stencil with a pattern. Frame out with moulding and put half round on the front of the shelves. You have so very many options here. I'm sure you've had ideas already, just commit to doing one and you can always change it if you choose to. You also can put a light up too and use glass shelves too! Share what you are thinking, when you are finished too!
  • Kathy Evans Langford Kathy Evans Langford on Jan 14, 2016
    Floating Shelves
  • Cherie Stembel Cherie Stembel on Jan 14, 2016
    Use it to your advantage...shelving with beautiful dinnerware or beautiful baskets for storage displayed. Or hang chalkboard/cork board for organization. If you have the skill (or know someone that does, you could even hang a beautiful door (perhaps the sliding barn door so popular today). Possibilities are endless!!
  • Melly Melly on Jan 14, 2016
    How about a 'command center'? I'd add shelves in the lower portion and assign everyone a basket for their stuff. One shelf would be a place to drop keys/mail. The upper portion would be pretty with a framed metal magnet board or bulletin board. Memo pads, pens, envelopes and the like.
  • Judi Judi on Jan 14, 2016
    I agree with Cherie. Install glass shelving with lighting. A great place to show off collectibles.
  • Renae Renae on Jan 14, 2016
    wow, a wealth of ideas! It could be open shelves, a hidden storage place behind a bookshelf or a small china cabinet with solid doors on the bottom and a glass one on top.
  • Connie Connie on Jan 14, 2016
    Look through different ideas on the net or magazines and find what you like. Make of list of your needs and see it this niche will fill it.
  • Dee B Dee B on Jan 14, 2016
    First: Decide if you need storage, display space or a work center. Then look through decorator sites or magazines for ideas.
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 14, 2016
    Wow, a lot of great ideas as usual. I can see the space being used for shelving. Some pretty glass ones would be great unless you prefer wood. Then have fun decorating them with all your favorite things.
  • Lyndell Lyndell on Jan 14, 2016
    Paint the interior with a really striking colour that you will repeat in other areas of the dining room (placemats etc) and put in glass shelves or rustic wood. Add doors to the lower part if you need more storage. Or make the lower part into a wine rack. Depending on your style I can see sea grass baskets with colourful fabric liners on wooden shelving. Or display family photos. Or wonderful items you've collected. You could paint the sides a strong colour and line the back with mirror. Or add plate rails to shelving to display favourite platters or dishes.
  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on Jan 14, 2016
    I would put glass shelves in there and use it like a china cabinet!! Wish I had that space your lucky!!! Paint the inside of it a deep color so it stands out!!!
  • Susan Susan on Jan 14, 2016
    I would build shelves and fill it with beautiful colorful pottery...a tray , a bowl, a candle on some cookbooks, a small wineholder....make it artistic!
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Jan 14, 2016
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Jan 14, 2016
    add a door, or a window to make it a door
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Jan 14, 2016
    Perfect spot for built in storage.
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jan 15, 2016
    What about a small bar area? Add a small counter, a mirror in the back and glass shelves for the bottles and glassware. Or a candy center, if you'd rather have cute than Mad Men.
  • LD LD on Jan 15, 2016
    Wall Niche is a place in which to display sculptures or art work depending on the size. Your niche is fairly large and it appears to be located near your dining area. I would take advantage of this space to create a built in display/storage area for decorative serving pieces for a place for stemware. You can either leave open or install a glass door, which would keep those items dust free, and if there is electric that you can tap into, you could add lighting as well.
  • Olena Beloous Olena Beloous on Jan 15, 2016
    so may great ideas, not I need to pick which one I like :) thanks to all!
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jan 15, 2016
    You could add shelves and make it into a built-in hutch to store and display beautiful glasses and dishes. Or, if you have a collection of something this would be a great spot to display that as well. I also love Jennifer's idea of a small bar area. This is a great spot for that and you could put a small counter and then shelving above and even go the extra mile and add the holders for your wine glasses under the last shelf above your counter. Add an ice bucket and some beautiful glass decanters to hold your libations and you would be good to go! You are lucky...this is a neat spot and please share what you do with it!
  • Shelby Shelby on Jan 16, 2016
    I would put in glass shelves,