How to style your window area

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One of the best things about having your own home is being able to furnish and style it to your taste. Whether you want your home to look minimalist or “lived in”, its completely your choice. There are so many blog posts on the internet that talk about styling certain rooms such as making a living room cosy but there aren’t that many posts about how to make a certain area of a room look good.

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Today I thought I’d share a few ideas on how you can style an area that is forgotten about a lot of the time, yet one that can really make a difference to a room and that is your window area.

Firstly, you want to make sure the area is in good condition. Fill in an holes, make sure the paint is smooth and make sure you have a good window sill. There is no point in styling an area if it looks worn out already. If your sill needs replacing, you want to look for something that is good quality, value for money and easy to clean. This Bullnose MDF window board is a great option.Not only is it very reasonably priced, its also sold in various lengths and widths so there is something to suit most sizes. Don’t worry if the size you need is not on the list because MDF Skirting World also offer a custom and bespoke window board service so that you can purchase the right size for your project. Window sills are primarily used to cover the reveal at the bottom of the window so that you don’t see any gaps. “Bullnosed” simply means that the front edge of the board is round rather than square and is a style that personally I prefer.

Once you are happy with the area, its time to get to work making it more aesthetically pleasing. The first thing you should decide on is whether you are going to have a blind or curtains. You may need to make wholes for a blind fitting or curtain pole and you don’t want to do this once you’ve started styling the area, trust me. There are various styles of blinds to choose from so I’d definitely do some research. If you’ve decided on curtains, you then need to decide if you want tie backs or not because that can drastically change the amount of space you have available to style.

Once you have decided on all of the above, its then time to add other items. I’ve found that you need to play around with items a bit until you find something that works for you. There are two things I’d urge you to consider, if you place tall items on the window sill, you run the risk of blocking out light. The second thing being some items, when placed by a window, will fade from sunlight over time. Things like photo frames and plants work really well, whilst some people like to add books too. You can even switch it up depending on the season, such as a pumpkin in the Autumn and an Easter egg in the spring.

How do you like to style your window sills?

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89 thoughts on “How to style your window area

  1. I’m actually going through a refurbishment in my house right now and something I MUST change is the window sill! It’s marble, which is nice, but it’s black and I honestly can’t stand it :))
    I’ve been getting some gorgeous plants lately, I’ve repainted two walls and currently I am thinking of adding a pastel green wall… I’ve got the shade and everything, all I need now is time to do it!

  2. I love your tips for styling a window sill, plants are such a nice homely feature for any room! I can’t wait to have my own place to be able to style it exactly how I want!

  3. I prefer curtains over blinds. There’s something cozy about curtains and you can easily change them depending on the season or your mood. I also love little pot plants on window sills πŸ™‚

  4. I love to keep my windowsill fairly minimalist with just a plant or two, and I’ll always opt for blinds over curtains x

    Roni |

  5. This is great advice! I have a couple windows in the front of my office that I’ve currently done nothing with at this point, but this is the push that I need to make it into something fun. The rest of my office is really shaping up into something great, so I need to make that area of the room match the aesthetic of everything else!

  6. I like a plant or 2, keep it minimal, to be honest they usually end up full of toys most of the time πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚

  7. This has just reminded me to tidy up and sort my windowsill. I accidentally pulled off some paint when I was wrapping something up with sellotape. Note to self, don’t put sellotape on the windowsill to hold whilst you wrap – bad idea. But your post has now told me ways to fix this and make it look better! Can’t wait to add a pumpkin for Autumn tho!

    – Kate

  8. Thanks for sharing these tips. For me, a window is the best place to sit and read. So decorating it with a combination of books seems a good idea.

  9. My window area looks crap at the moment because my boyfriends sh*t is on it and it drives me mad!

  10. I’d love to have a windowsill big enough to put a little cushion on and have as a seat to look out from. This is a really cute idea – thank you for sharing!

    Em x

  11. I love styling different places in my room! I need to sort of my windowsill it needs a good clean up!

    Amber – The Unpredicted Page

  12. Blinds over curtains any day of the week! Loved this post and will absolutely be trying some of these tips when I get the chance! Decorating is getting me through lockdown-madness…

    1. I used to have a small window area too and used to style in with miniature plants and trinkets. I think its just about getting the balance right and making sure enough light comes in.

  13. Lots of great stuff here! I’m in the process of decorating my new home, and it can get overwhelming at times, especially when it comes to small spaces like shelves and windows. I’m trying to find the right balance of decorative objects, but it can be difficult to find the right balance (and to keep items from blocking out the light!). Will definitely follow the guidelines here. Great post!

  14. My uncle used to hang crystals in his front room window. When the light hit them they reflected rainbows all over the room. As a kid, it was magical (his cats seemed to enjoy playing with them too).

  15. Love this!! It’s so true that people often forget about styling these special little areas in their home, but they’re always looking more big picture or room by room. But, it’s these little nooks that make a home special!

  16. Thanks for the window sill tips. I have one window with a large enough sill (the kitchen box window) that I’ve decorated with plants and ceramics. It looks quite lovely, and I wish I had my window sills like it. Enjoy your weekend!

  17. I like the idea of extending the window sill with the board! (of course we need to be careful about weight) This would afford more surface area and be easy to clean! Thanks.

  18. Great post Kelly! I do love a good vase with flowers. They can either be real or artificial. Some artificial ones these day’s look super real too xxx

  19. Out upstairs window sills are very skinny so there’s no room for decorations on there but we have bays downstairs that are usually full of flowers and candles. And then I invade the space to take photos on it…x πŸ˜‚

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