Interior Decorating Lounge
Nov 03, 2007 3:11 pm
Ok, they're not really my cup of tea, but our house comes with 2 small wall niches in the entry along one wall. What do you do with them? Put a small vase with flowers, hang a painting, sculpture, etc?
Would it look odd to paint the inside back wall a different colour to make them stand out or should I try and be minimalistic (which is hard with all my clutter) and ... I really don't know. Also is it possible to fit a small light to the top that doesn't requite hard-wiring - maybe LED?
If anyone has some examples of what would look nice - please share!
Also, we are getting cut corner shelving either side of the canopy rangehood in the kitchen - so that the overhead cupboards don't look like boxes stuck on the wall... any ideas what to display on these shelves (one shelf on top of the other on either side). Nothing too big, and nothing that's too hard to clean in case they get greasy/dusty.
Again, examples anyone?
Second Time 'Round
Re: Wall niches - what to display?3
Nov 03, 2007 4:53 pm
Ray….this is what I like to see in a wall niche, coloured glass objects looks great lit up under lighting! Your lighting would be better to be wired in. Then you can put the small low hals in.
Also they are fab with a feature colour on the back wall of them, make it strong and bold.
Kitchen shelving, as you said needs to be minimalist, not sure of your tastes and style.
I LOVE this kitchen! Take notice of the shelving, simplistic!
For you I would suggest 4 of the same thing on each shelf. This way the shelving looks balanced and ordered. Again it depends on your style and taste.
Re: Wall niches - what to display?5
Nov 03, 2007 6:51 pm
For the niches - this is a picture taken at the display - the plan seems to indicate they are 180mm deep, but I'm not sure how tall or wide they are. Judging by the plan I'd say about 320mm wide?
I think that the ones in the display are a bit "meh" - what's the point of having them if they aren't going to stand out? Or am I wrong?
As for the kitchen, they are fairly small so whatever it is will have to be not too tall or wide...
He're something similar to what we will have:
Our cabinets are Parbury Wilsonart "River Cherry" Which is a medium brown woodgrain.
Our walls are Bristol "Sandlight".
We didn't add any lights for the niches so we won't be able to have lights unless it is possible to fit some that don't need hardwiring, or if an electrician isn't going to cost a fortune to add them later.
I just don't want it to look tacky - like I've just shoved something there for the sake of filling the space.
Second Time 'Round
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Nov 03, 2007 7:17 pm
The more I look at those niches in the display photo above, the more I think it looks like someone has stuck a dead tree branch into a tall beaker.
P.S Michelle, when you said 4 things for the shelves in the kitchen, did you mean 4 on each shelf or one on each, as a set of 4?
Second Time 'Round
Re: Wall niches - what to display?8
Nov 03, 2007 7:23 pm
One on each shelf.
4 matching objects, one on each. They should be in proportion to the size of the shelf, simplistic, but makes a statement.
So while you are searching, look for something that stands out, neat & tidy.
Again, hard to pick for you as I’m not sure of your taste.
Re: Wall niches - what to display?9
Nov 03, 2007 9:41 pm
I have a niche in my kitchen very similar to the one Michelle posted. I had it deepened so I could put my cook books in it but mine isn't very close to the rangehood so no worries about cooking residue although if the rangehood is efficient it shouldn't be a worry. Other than that I would be thinking about nice kitchenware - it is a kitchen after all. have some really nice three tiered cake stands etc which I have in my overhead glass fronted cabinets that look nice or something similar maybe really nice le Crueset stuff.
The niches in the entry really look designed for vases don't they, but fresh things would be a constant nuisance and dried things look like sticks in jars as you said. How about something creative with photos. Not flat frames but something 3D. Michelle posted a gorgeous photo once of a stack of display gift boxes decreasing in size. Are you arty? You could do something similar with covered boxes with photos etc or artwork maybe.
Some sort of candelabra could be an option too.
Re: Wall niches - what to display?13
Nov 04, 2007 11:00 am
ray, They do do look like dead sticks - but that's only if you think of them as that - dead sticks.
If you look at them with a bit more intrigue and imagination - you will see how the light is falling on them and casting shadows, the vase creates it own space in the environment.
I'd go with the LED option myself.
and I suggest you just leave the space empty for starters and when you have friends over, and you've lived there for a few weeks or months - you'll know what you want to put in there to make it look nice.
Personally I think a branch from a gum tree or dead branch from a pear or peach tree makes a nice feature. Maybe some dried natives would look nice in there. Or a small framed piece of artwork with small vase or open bowl on the shelf.
Give it some time living there and you'll think of something.
Re: Wall niches - what to display?15
Nov 04, 2007 12:22 pm
I can visualise something like what you suggested. I do scrapbooking, so I could easily alter some boxes, and I like the idea of having a pyramid of boxes with various things on them (people, places, words, etc). The problem would be that the bottom box would have to be no more than 180mm wide/deep otherwise it will overhang the wall.
I also like the suggestion of some box frames with some fake/dried native flowers, etc, as I would like to incorporate some small natives into our garden.
Second Time 'Round
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Nov 04, 2007 1:00 pm
I feel better now - that scrapbooky look was what I had in mind. It's something you can update too. I was thinking about a weddingy/coupley one and a baby one with handprints, kinder art work etc. I can see that the size is a problem. Maybe instead of a pyramid you could have similar size boxes but angle each second box.
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Feb 14, 2008 5:02 pm
I went shopping this afternoon and these just jumped into my hands...
I fell in love with the vases, and because I couldn't decide which one I bought both! They are so beautiful and look much better IRL.
I also fell in love with the giraffe in the centre, so had to have him too.
They have their temporary home on the TV cabinet for now but hopefully the big vase (60cm tall) will go nicely in a wall niche with the giraffe in the other, and I was thinking the smaller vase in the display cupboard over the fridge in the kitchen, but we will work out locations after we move...
Just thought I'd share.
P.S A lady tried to buy the vases just after I bought them! Ha ha. So many people were looking at them in the shop it wasn't funny.
[edited the photos]
Second Time 'Round
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Feb 14, 2008 6:26 pm
Very nice Ray!!! They make a statement all on their own, which is what you need.
Love the texture and pattern.
How long before you are in your home?
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