How to Decorate Window Sills

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How to Decorate Window Sills
Turn your window sill into a reading nook with the right bookends. (bookends image by Richard J Thompson from

Window sills are ledges or recesses where windows are set, and even if they are shallow, they can be easily integrated into your home design and decor Window sills provide you with space to place 3D objects. Decorating your window sill adds a strong visual element to your home.

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Things you need

  • Comfortable chair
  • Books
  • Bookends
  • Bookmarks
  • Magnifying glass
  • Glass jars
  • Food colouring

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    Place a comfortable chair near the window and turn the window sill into a small reading nook.

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    Place a few books that you are reading on the windowsill and keep them in place with bookends. For a Victorian touch, place the books on top of an artfully arranged doily.

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    Bookmarks and magnifying glasses can also be used to decorate the window sill.

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    Fill several glass jars with water.

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    Add a few drops of food colouring to each jar. Each jar can sport a different colour, or they can all be tinted different shades of the same colour.

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    Place the jars filled with tinted water on the window sill. This allows the coloured water to catch the light coming through the window, creating a homey, stained glass effect.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the windowsill as a show area for your seasonal displays. During spring, place budding boughs and new spring flowers on the sill. During summer, use large, showy fresh flowers and wax fruits or vegetables. For fall, use colourful dried corn, gourds and cornucopias, and in winter, decorate with stark bare branches and pinecones, using a dusting of fake snow to complete the effect.

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