Architectural Designs

These design freaks are all about architectural design, but we’re much better at sight seeing than designing ourselves. The two of us have been looking into some simple DIY projects to get comfortable enough to build something big one day, but there’s still so much to learn. This design post is a shout out to Archways and Ceilings, a company that came to our rescue in our DIY research. Archways and Ceilings sells framing kits for archways, ceilings and wall designs, which makes the project a lot easier than starting from scratch. With a little help from a friend who has some building experience, we started our first project. Hopefully we can be a little less dependent the next round!

To pass on some of the knowledge we have gained, we’re going to share some facts about wall niches, the project we decided to go with.

Wall Niche

A wall niche is for adding a decorative element to a plain, flat wall. It’s best described as a recess that can hold decorative pieces, books or other items of your choice. Some unique ideas include: creating a wall niche next to the fireplace to hold wooden logs, placing one in the mudroom to store shoes, umbrellas, etc. and adding one to the wall going up the staircase.

wall niche

The benefits of a wall niche go beyond beauty.

  • Attractive architectural elements can also increase the value of your home. They’re unique and they’ll catch the eye of potential home-buyers if you plan to sell in the future.
  • The wall niche itself can vary. Some use it to add a pop of color to the room by painting the inside different from the walls, while others may choose to cover the inside with materials such as tile, glass, wood, or wallpaper. Just like an accent wall would do, this draws attention to the wall niche.
  • A wall niche is fitting for any room or area – foyer, hallway, living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, you name it!

Overall, a wall niche was a great choice for our home! If you’re considering a kit, check out this video!