Decorate a Garden Window
Edited by Nuance, VC, Maria Quinney
Invite Your Beautiful Garden Into Your Home
If you have a beautiful view of the garden, or a forest, or the ocean, you already have the perfect window covering - nature. Unless people can easily see into your kitchen, and you aren't comfortable with that, nothing will be more beautiful than bringing the great outdoors inside your home.
The Advantage of a Beautiful Garden View
If you've worked hard to make your garden beautiful, balanced the shades of green with the vibrant colors of the annuals and biennials and planted according to bloom so throughout the spring, summer and autumn there is something in flower. Perhaps you've planted an herb garden with sage, mint, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and savory that could rival a medieval Monk's garden. Maybe you've created a water feature and a birdbath, and there's a bench in the shade garden amid the sweet wood and lady's mantle. It's your favorite place to contemplate life, read a book, get together with friends. The birds and bees love what you've done with your garden. Your neighbors are jealous of your gorgeous sanctuary.
It seems you've already created a beautiful window cover for your window, and you just need to get a few ideas how to frame the beauty, meld it with the indoors, or enhance it with minimal but creative ideas.
How to Beautify Your Garden Window
A beautiful view can inspire writers, create a calming and relaxing environment, influence daydreams. It's a wonderful place to work, or just read a good book. Here are a few ideas to beautify your garden window.
If your window backs onto your own yard, and there are not issues with privacy, you might want to consider leaving it as is. If that's the case, and you have a generous windowsill, the decorating should be focused on what goes on the sill.
- 1Plants. There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of nature outside your window, than starting it inside your home.Advertisement
- An arrangement of houseplants can create a wonderful effect - as if you are starting the outside inside, and making a visual continuum of nature.
- In small decorative pots, plant herbs, and arrange them creatively in the window. When they begin to grow, you'll start the outdoor view inside. Also, you'll have herbs to use for cooking. Consider mint, oregano, thyme, basil, and parsley.
- 2Coloured glass. You can put a collection of colored glass on the windowsill - bottles, jars, vases, etc. This gives a splash of color to the window, without obstructing the view.Advertisement
- 3Show off collections. You could place a collection on the windowsill. An example would be seashells and pebbles you've collected. Just make sure the scale of the items is in harmony with the size of the window.
- 4Simple. If the room is decorated in neutral colors, consider putting one large glass jar in a bright color, a large stone like amethyst, or a piece of driftwood, might be all you need to create a beautiful look to your window.
- 2Shelves. You could have shelves across the window, and on the shelves, you could put colorful objects, glass, plants, etc. Just make sure it doesn't completely block the view.
- 1Curtains. If the view is beautiful, you might want to consider making the window coverings as minimal as possible.
- Panels. Two simple panels on either side of the window might be all that you need. Make them bright, perhaps tying in the splash color in your room.
- Gauze. Using a light see-through fabric like gauze brings a beautiful, diffused light into the room, affords some privacy - not much, and gives a light and airy feel to any room. Also, when the window is open, and there's a breeze - the curtains billow into the room creating a romantic look. Makes sure there are no candles burning anywhere near those curtains.
- 2Blinds. Always a good choice as they offer privacy when you need it, allow you to control which way the light comes into the room and depending on how you set the angle, can completely block the window for midnight rendezvous, or allow all the sunlight to spill into your room. If your room is decorated in neutral colors, try for a daring color like red or bright blue. If the room is already a kaleidoscope of color, you might try for blinds the same color as the window frame
- 3Shutters. California shutters, old flea market finds, brand spanking new or weathered, either can add an interesting look to your garden window, allowing the view as easy as open and close. You might want to consider having the blinds only go so far up the window, in order to provide privacy.
Alternative Window Treatments
Still considering you already have an amazing view from your garden window, concentrate on framing the window - enhancing your already beautiful view.
- 2Decorative grates. If you're concerned with safety, you might consider a wrought iron decorative grate. These can be as simple lines, or as complex as Celtic Knotwork. This might have to be custom-ordered. See if you have a local blacksmith who might create something outstanding for your window while providing safety.
Tips and Warnings
- Make sure what you place on the window, is in scale with the size of the window. If the window is very large, don't put a collection of tiny shells. Likewise, if the window is small, don't put large items on the sill.
- If you're placing less than nine items on a sill, make sure you have an odd number of items. 1, 3, 5 or 7.
- Make sure you don't light candles or incense anywhere near curtains. Many fires are the result of a curtain fluttering in the breeze and then lit up by the candle.
- If the room is decorated in neutral tones, add a punch of color to your window treatment.
- If the room has lots of colors, consider neutral tones for your window treatment.
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