Decorative Wall Niches
It is very easy to visually enhance and add aesthetic beauty to foyers,
hallways, stairway landings or any room in your home with our rich and
inviting wall niches. Decorative wall niches not only bring architectural
interest to a wall, wall niches also proudly display a home's most personal items.
As an architectural room elements, wall niches are natural focal
points that invite guests to ask questions about a particular piece that is
displayed inside the niche. Wall niches land a sense of depth to a wall
while adding a touch of historical elegance. Recessed wall niches as well as
wall mount niches have many uses and decorative functions. All decorative
niches, either wall-hung or built-in, are fundamental decorating tools that
bring individuality to a design scheme.
Wall niches are a great place to display special artifact, sculpture or flower arrangements while creating
classic charm and sophistication. Wall niches provide an opportunity to add
texture and depth on an otherwise flat space. Replicated from "old world"
designs, the styles of our wall niches range from simple elegant to
extraordinary ornate patterns.
We divided our wall niche collection into two
parts. In the first category we have included small decorative wall niches
that are wall mounted. Any person can easily install these wall niches
quickly and easy, because installation does not require cutting a hole in
the wall. Small wall niches are great for adding quick decorative touches to
your home. The second part of our wall niche collection includes large
decorative wall niches that are crafted from hand cast molds in classical
traditional designs. Most of these wall niches are recessed niches. Large
recessed wall niches have a much greater depth than smaller wall mount
niches. For this reason installation of decorative recessed polyurethane
wall niches require cutting a hole in the wall to accommodate the recess.
All our wall niches are made from extremely durable material - high density
furniture grade polyurethane. With our wall niche you can transform
ordinary, unembellished walls into elegantly appointed focal points.
Design with Wall Niches
Decorative wall niches had been a popular architectural
interior ornament since ancient times. Gothic architecture favored the eclectic
use of wall niches, while classical interiors employed wall niche more as
striking displays for busts, urns or vases. The wall niches were also a common
element in the stucco- and adobe-walled homes of the Mission and Spanish
Colonial styles. Stairways are great locations for niches. This is especially
true of long winging stairs that have large expanses of wall space. Our
one-piece construction prefabricated wall niches are available in a fairly broad
range of styles. With addition of a little paint and, of course, the right
display piece you can make one an appropriate accent for most homes.
A home's decor and furnishings may reveal a lot about the owner's taste, but it's
the decorative items and the way they are displayed that tell the personal
stories. People use wall niches to display their favorite pieces not only
because they like to view them, but also because they want their homes to
reflect their lives and experiences, and they want to share their prized
memories with guests. Decorative wall niches hold conversation pieces and can
itself be worthy of comment and admiration. An attractive well designed and well
placed quality wall niches are an instant focal point that adds architectural
detail and personal touch.
Decorating with Wall Niches
A small space can be made more intimate by a single wall
niche. Pairs of wall niches decorate on a larger scale. Placing one wall niche
to either side of the passageway creates a pleasing three-part composition and a
grand entrance. To the same effect, pair of wall niches can accentuate a
significant piece within a large room area. Decorative wall niches are found in
all types of houses - any where the architect or homeowner sees the need for an
original architectural detail or special place for favorite items. Wall niches
work well in hallways and other traffic areas. In such places wall niche can
have a significant visual impact without encroaching on the space. But with
greater flexibility of sizes and styles available, wall niche can be added to
any type of room.
As typically seen in many homes today, very tall, narrow, and shallow wall niches create drama, but
it does not necessarily make a positive design statement. Just as fat walls and arches
make a passageway look substantial and contribute to an overall feeling of quality in
a home, deep wall niches do the same.
Deep wall niches provide perspective, subtly making a room look and feel larger.
A deep niches create the opportunity to display a treasured object or create
interesting lighting effects, while adding architectural character to a room.
Wall niches, like arches, come in many shapes. The depth of wall niches depends on the
framing of the wall in which they are set. If you have a
decorative object such as a sculpture or a vase that you want to highlight, you
might plan your wall niche with the size of your object in mind. Work out the framing
parameters during the planning stage of a remodel or new construction. The
height and width of a wall niches are easy to incorporate into a wall, but the depth
can be more difficult.
Wall niches can be made from a variety of materials in an assortment of shapes.
For an old-world look, wall niche can be made of stone or finished to look like
one. When constructed of drywall, wall niches can be
painted a different color than the wall, given a contrasting texture, or
enhanced with an unusual decorative treatment such as wall flowering. Built-in
wall niches can be lined with mirrors for a more contemporary look.
In terms of lighting wall niches, there are several methods to consider. Many prefer
using low-voltage lighting whenever possible, as they find that it most effectively
simulates the look of natural light. One low-voltage light placed at the top of
a wall niche will usually light the area. Or, you can place the light source several
feet away in the ceiling and aim it at the wall niche.
Again, it depends on the look you are trying to achieve. If you want an authentic
old-world look, you should not put a light in the wall niches; obviously an ancient
wall niches would not have contained an electric light.
Candles are another great way to light wall niches. They create a warm and romantic
Wall Niches Placement
As with pictures, a wall niches look they best when located
on a proportionately sized wall. Small wall niches can easily get lost or seem
oddly insignificant against a large wall area. There are exceptions to this
rule, however, such as areas where the eye is naturally drawn, like the wall
space opposite the top of a staircase or to the side of passageway.
Because most of the wall niches project only a short distance from the wall, they work well
as accent pieces in hallways and other confined areas of the home. A stairway
landing is another great location for a decorative wall niches. When installed
on a stairway landing wall niches can house fixtures for decorative night-light
or display a special piece that you enjoy seeing every day.