The window sill. The ledge in front of your window that, half the time, you may not even know exists. Did you dream that it could be turned into a meaningful space that you can put to good use; maybe even into a focal point of your room?
Surprised? Then, read on, to find out 5 innovative ways of decorating a window sill and transforming it into a space with use and meaning.
#1 - Window garden
Simply place a few plants on your window sill to create a small garden within your room. Interesting choices of plants would be
● Small potted plants
● Pine tree branches
● Assorted floral plants
● Kitchen herbs You can also go for a ‘window box’, filled with plants and greenery.
Making your window sill a focal point of your room
A focal point, as far as interior design is concerned, can be defined as an area in your room that captures the attention of viewers. Don’t you think that a dose of natural beauty - your window garden - breaking the continuity of your room, would capture the attention of anyone, instantly?
#2 - Reading nook
If your window sill is wide enough to fit in books, you can make it a reading nook.
Styling up your reading nook
You can keep your window sill reading nook just about untidy enough to give it a lived-in look, showing that you actually live in the room and use your nook.
So, keep a few books in a pile, maybe one or two lying around, and a notepad and a pen.
Prim and proper
The best way to do this would be to get a desktop bookshelf; however, you’ll first need to make sure the sill is wide enough to hold one. Otherwise, just prop up the books one after another, using an end wall as the support. This gives it a bookshelf view, without actually needing one.
If you do this, you will need to ensure the window is large enough to let enough light enter your room, even with books stacked up on the sill. Finally, depending on the space you have, you may want to add a reading light and a few pillows, adding to the functionality.
#3 - Artificial decor
We started off with the suggestion of a window garden. A related idea is to have plant-like decor, but artificial. Top ideas are
● White branches (very seasonal for the holiday season)
● Artificial bottle brush trees
● Plastic flowering plants
#4 - Window seat
If your sill is too narrow for a seat, you can easily extend it. Or, you can add a sofa right in front of the window, as an extension of your sill. Add cushions, a reading light, and a few books to add value to your seat. You may want to ensure there’s an electrical outlet within reach in case you need to power up your laptop, since a window seat is a good nook to catch up with work.
Remember to use curtains!
Natural light, which you will get a lot of on a window sill, is good for you no doubt. However, you will need to make sure that you can filter out light when necessary; and block out light if it’s too strong. So, remember to choose and use curtains for your window sill seat. You may consider heavy curtains, if the window is in your bedroom.
#5 - Making memories
This depends on what kind of mood you’re in. You can scatter things from your childhood (especially toys and books) across your window sill, as a reminder of days past. Or, you can set up candles and wine glasses as part of a romantic evening. The alternatives are many. The choice is yours.
To sum up, the 5 ways of beautifying your window sill are... ● Create a window garden
● Reading nook on your window sill
● Artificial decor on your window sill
● Seating arrangement on your window sill
● Memories on your window sill
I hope you have fun decorating your window sill and turning it into a space where you can work, relax, and make memories!