Dressing your window sill is often an overlooked styling detail in your home decor, yet it’s an element that can seamlessly add a touch of style and whimsy. There’s a fine line between too bare and too busy when considering window decorating ideas.
Before you begin decorating your window spaces, there are some things you should consider. Dependent on what room you’re redecorating, how much natural light do you need to rely on? What can be seen from the outside, and how visible is it from the outside? Do you want to make the most of the view, or cover up an eyesore? Do you have any furry friends that may be making a home out of your wonderful window space?
With these questions in mind, here are some tips and tricks to making the most of your window space, whether your window bay or sill is lacking a little love.
Dressing Your Window Seat
Decorating bay windows is undeniably one of the best ways to make the most of your window space. If you’re lucky enough to have a bay or bow window to build into, it’s a great way to create additional storage space and provide a welcoming space to sit and relax. Deep window sills form the perfect reading corner, or space to daydream out of the window.
Your window seat has the potential to be your safe, snug corner. So, create a haven that you’ll want to retreat to. Style it with big comfortable cushions, and a snuggly throw. Add a candle for a warm glow, or a diffuser for a mood-boosting scent. If your window seat doesn’t open up to hidden space, think of alternative storage choices. Versatile side tables such as the Silver Mushroom Label Wicker Basket End Table, are a charming alternative to pop your brew, store your extra throws and add a rustic touch.
One Big, or a Group of ‘Littles’
Whatever room you’re window dressing, avoid overcrowding on the window ledge or sill. Window sills often get cluttered quickly and easily, especially in busy living spaces. We’re guilty of piling up keys, cards and other ‘pocket contents’ on our window sill. Consciously filling your ledge space with window sill ornaments and decor may (hopefully) decrease your desire to do so.
Larger objects can be a striking focal point in a bedroom or living room window, even from the outside in. Whilst you don’t want to overcrowd the window and cover all the natural light, if spaced well, large window sill ornaments can be extremely effective. Potted plants or artificial stems are maintenance free, and a lovely way to highlight the greens on the outside. Using artificial stems alleviates the worry of choosing plants that will die with too much or too little light. Of course there’s also the benefit of only changing up your stems seasonally, not weekly. Larger candles and lanterns are also a simple, elegant and timeless option.
Alternatively, if you want to block out as little natural light as possible without having a bare window ledge, try using a tray to organise a cluster of decor. Here you can create a smaller, subtle focal point with candles, trinkets or greenery.
Clusters like so are particularly effective in the bedroom, or other spaces where you might rely more on natural light. You may want to put a dresser or desk underneath your mirror to face outwards, so you don’t want to overcrowd the view with large pots in this space.
Making The Most in Different Rooms
The kitchen window is the perfect place to make a mini indoor herb garden. For a unique style, you can get creative with your plant pots and use old jars, pots and mason jars. There’s nothing better than fresh herbs at arms reach for your cooking. Alternatively, investing in a large wood box can add to a cottage-core or rustic aesthetic and works perfectly as a planter. For kitchen window sills with more space, the Chic Antique Grimaud Box is a stunning choice, with more than enough space for your favourite herbs.
Bathroom windows are often glazed, so when decorating you have to worry less about maintaining natural light. Make the most out of your space by decorating with functional items; characterful soap pumps, storage pots for your sink-side essentials and a scent to keep the room fresh. Adding a stylish tray and tumbler is also a sleek way to keep your tooth-brush and soaps organised.