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I have used window niches in my bathroom (to make it look bigger than it is and to provide indirect natural light in the shower - shower not shown), but my favourite niche is my tokonoma in the hallway. I do a lot of ikebana and this is the perfect place to display my arrangements - just as the Japanese intended. They have been using niches as a focal point of their houses for hundreds of years!!!

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A single bathroom niche is useful and can look stylish (see #2) - but all those multiple niches! Look messy and overdone. But I do love the last 3 images! The fireplace the stairwell and the kids bunk! Great!

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Anatoly Patrick Architecture

Love the thought and care that's gone into all the examples above. As well as adding visual interest nooks, niches and alcoves can add to quality and life - the cosiness and enclosure for reading is so appealing, the sheer convenience of a shower niche, or a display nook in the lounge that means it's that bit easier to have a bit of greenery in the home or get creative with some found objects. Really thoughtful and creative design...for real people!


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