Today’s post is all about addressing those awkward niches, alcoves, ledges, and cutouts found throughout your home.

Not all niches start out as beautiful built-in cabinetry that add more storage and architectural interest to your space. Some cutouts are downright awkward, making you feel like you’re forced to style or address it in some way. I want to share my top tips on how to highlight these details to bring unique and original beauty to your home.

Catch up with our Awkward Space Series!

The Corner Fireplace

The Long and Narrow Room

Sloped Ceilings and Slanted Walls


L-Shaped Rooms

Niches, Alcoves, Ledges, & Cutouts

Open Concept Floor Plan

Do you have any awkward spaces you would like for me to address in this series? Comment below!




  1. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for this video. Very helpful! I’ve got a couple of niches that are problem children: one in the dining room and another in the bedroom. This video helped open my head to some solutions and great guidelines. Neither of my niches are bringing me joy or contributing positively to the rooms they are in.

    I would love to see a video on curved walls. We have a large curved wall going up along our staircase. This wall is visible from the entryway and forms part of a two-story ‘rotunda’ effect. It’s super high. Currently, we have three rectangular hand-painted silk panels with a silk sari swagged above them. We purchased these in India and have enjoyed them, but it’s time to freshen and streamline. I think the expanse of wall may look empty without something.


    • Julie Khuu Reply

      Thank you for watching Deb! Instead of highlighting the walls, maybe think about swapping out the light fixture to something truly statement-making! I love the idea of a grand chandelier sweeping the staircase, that way your eyes will draw back into the incredible double height foyer instead of just on the walls.

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