When it comes to storing your shampoos and soaps, why go boring when you could make a statement? Shower niches have taken on a life of their own, and there are many ways to design them to not only achieve function, but also style.

The Accent Niche
We probably see the “accent niche” in use most frequently. This is when you draw attention to the niche storage unit by using a a more decorative tile inside the niche. We love these examples below for the different ways they employ the accent niche. You can run a horizontal band of your accent tile straight into your niche. Or, you can have a whole wall of an accent tile, with the niche set inside it, like in the post below from Tile by Design. The most popular choice seems to be using decorative tiles inside the niche only, for just a hint of excitement.


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The Hidden Niche
Instead of drawing attention to your niche, you can always make it a more “hidden” feature. Some people prefer this because it offers a cleaner look. It’s also generally less expensive, as more decorative accent mosaics usually cost more than your field tile. Plus, some argue that it doesn’t make much sense to draw attention to the area where you’ll be storing a bunch of mismatched bottles. We love the below examples from Bobeck Built and Lehigh Valley Tile & Stone because they showcase how easy it is to employ this look, whether you have smaller subway tiles (3″x6″) or larger format tiles (12″x24″ in the LV Tile & Stone picture.)


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The No-Niche Option
Niches not for you? If none of the above looks speak to you, you can always use corner shelves to incorporate some storage in your bath/shower area.