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Design Trends: Add Functionality With a Tile Niche

Posted by: Kali • Jul 28

Design Trends: Add Functionality With a Tile Niche


Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Justina Blakeney's Jungalicious Bathroom


Tile Shown: Adriatic Sea in 8" Hexagon

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.


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

Justina Blakeney shows us that niches don't have to be 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 used our Color-It! Tool to customize our Elephant Star pattern, making her niche truly one-of-a-kind.


Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: A Cool Take on Classic Style

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


Image: Apartment Therapy

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. 

Image: Nicole Franzen
 


Tile Shown: Frost in Small Diamond Sheeted

Niches don't have to be all about contrast. This kitchen features a Small Diamond backsplash that seamlessly transitions into the niche behind the sink. It still adds extra dimension while offering the perfect spot for storing spare soap and essentials.


Fireclay Tile Inspiration Gallery: Jaclyn Johnson's Poshly Patterned Bathroom

Niches are also great for playing with pattern. 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 edges in niches for a more contemporary look. 


Fireclay Tile Blog: Shape Spotlight, Star & Cross

 


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.  


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. 


Image: Steam Shower Dealer


Tile Shown: Morning Thaw in 2x2 Sheeted

This clean and serene bathroom features a subtle accent wall of cool blue tile. The extra long shower niche seamlessly breaks up the space while offering plenty of shelf space.   


Image: SPRK


Thin Brick Shown: Snow

The architectural feature of a tiled niche breaks up the wall and frames your favorite objets 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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