I have lighted niches around my fireplace in my family room. They are nice but and odd shape. They are only 12" deep but 3-4' high. The conundrum is with the depth issue you cannot layer items with visual interest. Considering the height you need something substantial in scale or it is "lost". It is an odd configuration but I want to make the most of the space. I look forward to your response.
No love for Niches
Dear "No Love for Niches",
That is a lot of "Niches"!!!! Definitely a dilemma! You look like a traditional girl but with such large cutouts for wall niches...it tends to take it in a contemporary direction. I can not tell from your picture if it is brown wood or brown paint on the fireplace wall but I am going with wood.
The biggest issue about your niches is that not only are there alot of them, they are very large and appear to go all the way to the ceiling. I also think that with the contrasting dark wood around the light niches, it makes them appear very bold. YIKES! soooooo...lets first talk about making the niches a little more subtle. I would suggest doing a little more subtle color of paint on the back wall so they do not jump out so strongly. Perhaps a soft taupe or camel, the color of your rug would feel a little more understated. (Take a look at Ben Moore Stone House 1039) Another option could be to put a natural colored grass cloth on the back wall of the niches. This texture will off-set the strength of the dark brown wood and add some textural interest without business. 'Less is definitely more" in this case. Take advantage of the back wall of each niche by hanging art work or mirrors. This way you get more vertical height without filling each niche with "things" that need to be very shallow but tall.
Keep them similar in nature, like only maps, botanicals or birds but not in every niche. Example, if there are 6 niches hang art in 3 niches, two on the left side of the fireplace and one on the right side...always use an "odd" number.
You may also like the look of mirrors in the niches hung in the same fashion as the art. They add life to the the wall with their reflective quality.....don't forget not an even amount...ODD!
Finally, fill the remaining 3 niches with a single object or artifact that is the same in color. It will have to be tall enough to fill the space half way in size of the niche. Save your money to purchase one item for each niche.
I am sure you find that this will unify your look, give you drama without distraction and you will look like a "rock star" in your own living room.
Have a Blue Sky Day!
I have an open foyer and staircase with high ceilings. Need help on what to hang on the wall in the large open space.
Hi Staircase Queen,
I love two-story staircases....they can be so dreamy but they also can create a nightmare if you just can't find the perfect finishing touches. It appears as if your home has a traditional flavor, so I will make my suggestions with that in mind. Staircase walls can be the perfect place to gather and display "like" things. Black and white photos of your family with simple silver or black frames can be a wonderful way to display a gallery. Vary the sizes of the pictures(no smaller than 8 x 10) and hang them tightly together. This way your wall art looks unified and not busy.
You also can add some inspiration by including a phase board by Sugarboo. A personal touch that breaks up the photos and offers some sharp contrast.
Considered painting the picture wall a contrasting color. It will make your pictures "pop"!
You don't want to do photos...how about maps??! Maps are cool and interesting and they can create a "history" of you and yours!
Sometimes "less is more" and the simplicity of a beautiful stripe wallcovering with dramatic wall sconces is perfect.
Hope this guides you where you need to go....
Have a "Blue Sky" day and stop back and see us...let us know how it went!