Wall Niche Ideas (Design Pictures)

Welcome to our gallery of wall niche ideas including living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom designs.

Master bedroom with wall niche, plant, window seat and modern chandelier

Wall niches work as a built-in shelf in your home. They can be installed pretty much anywhere and can especially useful in homes that don’t have a lot of floor space to add shelves or cabinets.

Aside from storage, they can also help to reduce clutter or work as a way to display possessions you want to use as a focal point in your home. There are plenty of different ways to use wall niches and today we’re going to take a look at how you can get the most out of wall niches in your own home.

Wall niches come in a variety of different sizes, styles, and designs. So, there’s an option for any environment that you want to use them in and the purpose that will serve. The most obvious idea is a functional wall niche. These niches can be used to store items like books or decor items. We’ll get into recessed wall niches in a minute but, for now, let’s focus on wall niches that aren’t recessed.

There are a few ways that wall niches can be used when recessing isn’t an option. Simple options can include small shelves in the corner of a room. More ornate options can include molding on a wall that extends slightly out from the wall to create a shelf. You can purchase wall niches for as little as under $100.

Recessed Wall Niche Decorating Ideas

Modern dining room with lighted wall alcoves

Recessed wall niches come in a few different styles. For a straightforward storage option, you can simply install inset shelves. These are great for storing items like books and towels.

For a more elegant look, you can install more shallow recesses with a light positioned above the alcove. This is a great way to display art.

These can be installed as a DIY project if you’re looking to save money. You can purchase the alcove insert itself for about the same price as an external wall niche.


Your favorite decor items are a good candidate for displaying in your living room wall niches. This design features both glass and wood shelving along with recessed lighting to add visual drama to the space.

Tall recessed wall niche with stone accent and lighting in entryway

A hallway entryway with recessed wall niches can be an impressive design element. These recessed rectangles have a small stacked stone accent wall with back lighting to create an inviting ambiance.

Kitchen with recessed wall niche and decor

This kitchen with recessed wall niche is used to display some of the homeowners favorite cooking and decor items. Things like fruit bowls, mortar and pestle, serving bowls and cookbooks all make good items to display prominently in this space.

Recessed wall niche with old fashioned phone and plant

This framed recessed wall niche is being used exactly how it was originally intended with an antique rotary dial phone.

Guest bedroom with wall niche with shelving and decor

Wall niches with shelving can be a great place to show off your favorite decor and bring your unique style to the room design. This can also be an excellent way to incorporate matching color decor to tie in different design elements for a cohesive look.

Living room with rough wood mantle and wall niche

A fireplace mantle can create an interesting wall nook where one can store a wide variety of things. Above books, baskets, plants and even firewood utilize the functional space.

Dining room with display wall niche with glassware

This dining room with recessed wall niche makes an ideal place to display crystal glassware and decor pieces. Lighting above helps create a focal point to further add attention to the accent wall.

Wall niche with musical instruments

What better way to display your collection of guitars than in an illuminated wall niche with recessed lighting?

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Modern dining room with wall niche and decor vase

This living room’s support wall has an interesting wall niche design feature that is used to highlight a colorful glass vase.

Girls bedroom with recessed wall niches and window seat

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A girls bedroom with multiple wall niches makes the perfect place  for a chest of drawers and book shelf. The window seat with storage underneath is another design feature that gives this room plenty of personality.

Living room with wall niche shelving

This inviting living room design features a built-in shelving wall niche that provides the ability to show a variety of decorative items and art collectibles.

Living room with fireplace wall niche

A wall niche situated next to the living room fireplace is an ideal location for storing wood and brings a natural element to the space.

Room with fall recessed wall niche with shiplap recessed lights and artwork

A recessed niche accent wall constructed from shiplap planks creates a warm backdrop that can accommodate art or decorative furniture pieces you wish to showcase.

Mid-century living room with wall niche and matching decor

This mid century modern style living room has a painted wall niche to better highlight the all white pottery and decor.

Attic bedroom with wall niches for books and storage bins

An attic bedroom is a great place to build wall niches for a variety of storage needs. This bedroom design utilizes its niches as bookcases and multi-use pull out bin storage.

Staircase with wall niche and decor vases

An under the stairs wall niche creates an interesting place to show off decor items such as vases.

Built in drywall niche with lighting

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Adding lighting to wall niches creates a focal point in the room to better showcase items and create ambiance in the space.

Living Room Wall Niche

Contemporary living room with recessed wall niches with stacked stone and decor

The living room is one of the places that people primarily display their possessions, including items like art and photos. A wall niche in the living room is an excellent way to display these possessions without having to worry that a guest or pet may accidentally knock over a shelf. It also helps to avoid a cluttered appearance.

Living room wall niches work well both in large or small rooms, as long as the lighting helps accent the recessed part of the wall.

Living room with recessed wall niche

This formal living room design has two large rectangular wall niches with painted dark yellow backdrops and down-lighting to promote the large decorative vases. In addition there is a recessed center wall with built-in shelf that contains large animal statues.

Living room with wall niche and stacked stone gas fireplace

This contemporary living room with stacked stone accent wall with fireplace and wall niches adds visual interest with its ability to show off a variety of art decor.

Living room with recessed wall niche and beam ceiling

This Mediterranean style living room features an arches recessed wall niche with wood shelving for showing off small statuettes and decor.

Contemporary living room with recessed wall niches with hanging lights

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This gorgeous living room sitting area has two recessed wall niches on either side of the large stacked stone fireplace. The niches themselves are painted ina bright turquoise wall with dramatic silver hanging lamps.

Interior design modern gas fireplace with built in wall niche and wood laminate

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This modern fireplace’s central location makes it a great spot for displaying unique items in its wood paneled recessed wall niche.

Living room with horizontal wall niche with cards and circular tray ceiling

This long rectangular recessed wall niche is being used to display greeting cards and small family pictures.

Living room with arched wall niche with shelving

Many older homes have interesting wall niches with shelving that offer the ability to get creative with what you wish to showcase. This room shows off a variety of colorful pieces.

Prefab Wall Niche

Hallway with prefab wall niche and flowers

Construction of a wall niche can be completed in two basic ways. One way involves knocking out the drywall in an area, then creating a recessed box with wood.

Once created, this box can be covered with drywall and paint, or any other material appropriate for the design. The other method of completing a wall niche is by utilizing a prefabricated niche.

A prefabricated niche is an insert that is installed after the drywall is removed from the desired area. The prefab wall niche is designed to fit snugly into the hole in the drywall, such that the niche can be finished easily after the prefab is inserted. Prefab niches, as discussed before, can be found for under $100.

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Bathroom with candle niches

Wall candle niches can provide an inviting ambience for those who like to luxuriate in the tub.Prefab wall niche with no construction required

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Another easy DIY wall niche alternative to get a similar look is to hang external containers for your decor. These have the advantage of not requiring any holes in your walls and can be easily positioned within your home.

Shower Wall Niche

Unlike wall niche in other rooms, wall niche in a shower does not function primarily as a design element. Shower wall niche typically serves a more functional role, allowing for the storage of hygiene items with the use of external shelving. You usually see these as a space to store shower items such as soap, combs, or even larger ones can hold shampoo and conditioner bottle.

A shower niche does add a cost compared to a standard shower installation. When you’re installing your shower, it can add a cost between $75 and $300. This large range is controlled by the amount of space you want the shower wall niche to have.

If you’re looking for a small space to store your soap, you’re likely to stay at the lower end while a niche closer to a full shelf will cost you more. It’s important to note that this cost is added to the installation cost of your shower which normally ranges between $1,200 and $6,000.

Walk in shower with basket weave tile wall niche

Another factor in the cost of your shower wall niche will be who you work with to install it. Different contracting companies usually have varying prices. Remember to look at each contractor carefully – just because one offers the best price doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be the right option.

Prefab shower wall niche

Shower Wall Niche Inserts

While a shower wall niche can be a helpful way to maximize space in a shower, it can be troublesome to install correctly.

If the niche is not completely water-tight, moisture will leak through the cracks, creating serious problems within the wall. This is why many shower niches are installed when the entire shower is installed. If everything is one large piece, there’s less likely to be a problem with leakage or loose seals.

However, that doesn’t mean that all shower niches are installed with the shower itself. You also have the option of purchasing shower wall niche inserts. Just because these aren’t installed initially, though, doesn’t mean that they aren’t high quality.

Cost of Shower Wall Niches

The cost of these niches can vary greatly because there are a number of manufacturers, styles, and sizes available. For wall niches themselves, you can find the inserts online for as low as under $100. If those niches are recessed into the wall of your shower, there may be an extra installation cost that is, once again, dependent on the style, size, and contractor you work with if you chose this method over a DIY.

A wide variety of independent inserts for shower wall niches can be purchased and installed. The idea behind these inserts have the same idea behind them as prefabricated wall niches. These inserts help to create a watertight seal, preventing moisture from accumulating in the wall. Shower wall niche inserts can be purchased in sizes and configurations to fit almost any walk in shower stall. Some are designed to fit in corners, while others fit in the wall itself.

A wall niche is a great way to maximize room space without sacrificing other design elements. With the proper construction and lighting, a wall niche is the ideal way to display the items that are most beloved by homeowners.



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