Customizing Your Shower Niche

chevron tile in shower with niche and gold shower fixtureShower niches come in all shapes, sizes and styles. It’s really up to you how to utilize this space, which typically holds body washes and shampoos. These niches can be hidden or become the main focal point. Either way, here are some creative ideas.

First things first, it is important to think about what size shower niche is right for you. In fact, there is no industry standard. It’s really based upon what will suite your needs.

For starters, we’ll typically ask clients how many products they have in their shower. This information will help set a baseline for sizing and shelving.

From there, you can decide if you’d like to make your niche front and center with an accent tile or hide the niche to keep soaps out of sight.

Another niche option that almostniche for shower and shaving legs in the shower everyone woman can appreciate in a shower is a foot prop for shaving her legs. If there isn’t enough space to incorporate a bench, the niche can be incorporated into a foot prop under a tall, narrow niche that starts about 18 to 24 inches above the floor. This allows you to have up to three to four shelves for products and the bottom one acts as that ever necessary place to prop up your foot. Even better, it can be placed spatially in between two studs so it’s really easy to frame in.

Set up an appointment with one of our Designers to get started on your primary bathroom remodel or visit our photo gallery for more design ideas. If you’d like to learn more about the remodeling process, you can also register to attend an upcoming seminar. For design inspiration for bathrooms, kitchens, and more follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram.


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A Well-Balanced Kitchen

u-shaped white traditional kitchen with dark stained eat-in islandBalance is an integral part of a kitchen design. In order to have balance within a space, proportion, and scale need to be taken into account. Here’s some perspective from Normandy Designer Karen Chanan on how proportion and scale work together to impact your space.

“Proportion refers to the balance between design elements, while scale refers to the size of one object compared to another,” said Karen. “In general, to achieve balance in a kitchen, you need to consider size, ceiling height, cabinetry height, and appliances.”

open kitchen layout with an adjoining sitting area“There are also other considerations like island size too,” added Karen.

One rule of thumb is selecting cabinetry that reflects the height of the ceiling. For example, tall cabinetry works best for a very tall ceiling. Why? If your cabinets are too short, they can cut off your sightline.

“Many think ‘more storage’ when they think of cabinets that go to the ceiling,” noted Karen. “However, extending cabinetry to the ceiling also draws your eye upward. This makes the room appear bigger and the ceiling appears taller.”

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Kitchen islands should also be sized accordingly with the kitchen.

“A really large kitchen needs a large island,” said Karen. “On the other hand, if a kitchen is tiny, it might not benefit from a small and narrow island.”
A final consideration is an asymmetry through appliance location. One example is the placement of the refrigerator in relation to the pantry. Because both are close in size, they look symmetrical when placed on opposite sides of the room.

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There are just a few examples of proportion and scale. Working with a designer to create initial drawings and floor plans can help ensure that balance is achieved in every aspect of your kitchen remodel.

If you are ready to get started on your next project, set up an appointment with Karen. Or, follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for me design tips and ideas. You can also learn more about the kitchen remodeling process by registering to attend an upcoming seminar at the Normandy Remodeling showroom.


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