Behind an Aga cooker, an elaborate niche has a herringbone subway tile medallion.
Constant heat from an Aga requires a hefty wall of tile behind it. This one, in an English kitchen, has an especially handsome insert of white subway tiles set in a diagonal herringbone pattern and framed by a beaded decorative tile liner and cap molding. The medallion is set into a field of staggered horizontal subway tile to great effect. Using plain white subway tiles in two different patterns to add interest behind the range is one option that draws the eye to the space. The prominent mantel hood balances the bulk of the cooker and frames it with painted corbels. Range niches like this one were designed for Aga cookers which are always on. Note the black exhaust pipe that runs up through the hood. The niche is also has lighting, another boon for the cook.
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