If you have a window in your kitchen, count yourself very lucky. There’s almost nothing worse than having a beautiful home which has no kitchen window.
When you do have a kitchen window though, it’s not uncommon for that to be an overlooked or neglected area of decorating. So let’s look at several quick and easy things you can do to spruce it up whenever you’d like.
1. Use the wall space. If you have a bit of wall space around your kitchen window, put it to good decorative use. Choose small bits of artwork, decorative tiles, wall paper borders, or even stencil on some designs by hand.
Adding these little details in complimentary colors and designs to match the overall look of your kitchen is a wonderful way to create a more finished and sophisticated look in your kitchen design. Be sure to choose small enhancements for this wall space though, otherwise your decorative touches will be overwhelming.
2. Use the window space. Depending on the size of your kitchen window and its surrounding elements, you may be able to add decorations and designs to the window itself. First and foremost of course you should clean and polish the window. This lets in more light and makes it look brand new.
If you have a nice bit of sunlight coming through the window at different times of the day, you could hang colorful sun catchers right on the window itself. If your window needs privacy for some reason, you could get a similar effect by covering the window with stained glass clings instead.
One of my favorite things to do is hang glass shelves across the front of the window. This allows the sunlight to filter through easily, and it makes a wonderful place to put a miniature herb garden.
3. Tie in the Cabinets and Counter Space. The design of your kitchen window should compliment and enhance the rest of your kitchen style and decor, and this is easily accomplished by tying it in using the nearest counter and cabinet spaces.
If you have cabinets close to your window for instance, you can extend your wall decorations to the sides of those cabinets. Likewise if you have no wall space, then simply use the wall decorating ideas from above on the sides of your cabinets instead.
The counter space can be enhanced and tied in with the simple use of kitchen decorating accessories. Put small baskets, crocks, or glass jars on the counter or next to the sink, and use these for holding your cooking and cleaning utensils. Not only will they stay organized, but the mess and clutter these usually generate will be better hidden too.
4. Curtains, Headers, or Bare? Whether you hang curtains at your kitchen window is both a personal and designer choice. If you’ve decided to put up glass shelves for an herb garden for example, then putting a pretty header at the top of the window might be just the final touch you were looking for.
If on the other hand, you decide to cover the entire window with stained glass cling, adding curtains or a window header might be overkill.
Kitchen window curtains are beautiful designer touches that tend to be the most handy for letting in light during the day, yet having a bit more privacy at night.
©2008, Kathy Burns-Millyard