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Design Trends: Add Functionality With a Tile Niche

By Susanne Redfield

Design Trends: Add Functionality With a Tile Niche

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Justina Blakeney's Jungalicious Bathroom

Niches offer the perfect recipe for design success. The intersection of form, function, and smart storage, niches are also a unique way to showcase tile. Whether you want to spotlight one of your favorite patterns, colors, or just want to add an architectural focal point, there's way more to niches than a place to stow away essentials.

Justina Blakeney shows us that niches don't have to be rectangular. Think outside the box and consider an arched niche. In true Jungalicious style, an arched niche can add a bohemian element to your space. Justina also customized our Elephant Star pattern, making her niche truly one-of-a-kind.

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: The Return of the Jungalow

Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: The Return of the Jungalow

Handpainted Tile Shown: Elephant Star in Cool Motif

Handpainted tile in your niche also helps to add a refreshing pop of pattern to dominantly neutral palettes and traditional patterns. To create a seamless transition from niche to the wall, consider using a similar color palette for your niche tile and wall tile.

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Love color? Niches are the perfect spot for adding surprising pops of color to a space that's dominantly neutral. For extra storage space, consider adding levels of shelving within the niche.

Handmade Tile Shower Niche

Tile Shown: Ogee in Lake Tahoe, 1 x 6 Sheeted in Ember // Design: Maria Causey Interior Design // Image: Christy Kosnic

Niches don't have to be all about contrast. This shower features a white Small Diamond backsplash that matches the Large Diamond Escher on the bathroom floor. Even though it's white, the small diamonds still add extra dimension while offering the perfect spot for storing spare soap and essentials.

Horizontal Shower Niche

Tile shown: Calcite 4x8, Calcite Small Diamond Escher, Nautical Custom Large Diamond Escher// Design: Banner Day Interiors // Photos: Colin Price Photography

Niches are also great for playing with patterns. Black grout accentuates the pattern's graphic impact, like this shower's small hexagon niche. If you're planning to add a niche to your shower or kitchen, it's also good to start considering trim options. Trim will help to cover the edges and corners of your niche. The trim you see here is a quarter round. You'll also simply find glazed tile or bullnosed edges in niches for a more contemporary look.

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Tile Shown: Daisy in Star & Cross

If you want a niche pattern to have a more subtle effect, use the same tile color throughout to create a calm and seamless transition from niche to wall.

Tempest kitchen backsplash tile
Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Loch Ness Kitchen

Niches don't have to be all about making a statement. Using the same tile from wall to niche can be statement enough, especially if you're going for a contemporary and minimalist approach to your decor.

Brick Shower Niche

Brick Shown: Elk / Design + Photo: Claire Thomas

The architectural feature of a tiled niche breaks up the wall and frames your favorite objects and accents. For a quintessential mid-century look, shop our thin brick colors, or our Tile line in a 2 x 8 size.

Love this look? Find all this inspiration and more on our Tile Niche Ideas board. Ready to get started? Order free samples now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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