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A feature wall niche can create a focal point in an otherwise streamlined layout
WORDS Ailie Ciccolella PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton - the Sunday Mail Home Magazine 13-May-2012
It's hard to beat the sound of rain when you're tucked up warm inside the house, but listening to the pitter-patter while sitting by a window in a cosy wall niche is even better.
Oversized wall niches are becoming more and more popular in new houses, says Leanne Goddard, of Sarah Homes. "They're a fabulous way of creating extra space in your house and they look great too," she says.
"We like these niches to be both decorative and functional, adding to the comfort and personality of your design."
Open-plan living is firmly ingrained in the Australian approach to building, and by adding an alcove you create a focal point in an otherwise streamlined layout.
"A recessed wall gives the living area a wonderful architectural appeal," Leanne says. It adds dimension to a spacious area and provides the homeowner with a place to display treasured possessions.
Installing a bench about 400mm off the ground can transform the area into an occasional sitting place, as is included in Sarah Homes' Emily 2 Storey design.
"You can add further interest by painting the niche a bolder colour than the rest of the room and accessorising with lots of lovely cushions," says Leanne. "Practically, the inside of the occasional bench can also be used for extra storage space."
Located adjacent the dining area, the niche includes two square-design windows to bring extra light into the room.
"We made our niche large enough to be a real feature and to create extra room that is perfect when entertaining," Leanne says. " It provides a comfy place for people to relax and read a book, but still be part of what is happening in the kitchen and living area.
13-May-2012 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
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