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45 Window sill decoration ideas – original and creative design ideas

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Window sill decoration ideas present fantastic ways to utilize the space, which is often neglected. Whether you live in a private house or in an apartment in a big city, you should use the living space in a creative way. Further to that, the window sill can become not only functional, but a beautiful focal point or an accent in the interior of the room.

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The window sill, on the first place is the finish of the windows, inside and outside, with aesthetic and functional value. Exterior window sills serve to protect the walls from rain running down the windows while the interior sill can perform numerous functions. Many people prefer to decorate their windows with curtains, blinds and in this way add texture to the interior. However, there are window sills that look much better without any curtains. Professional decorators and interior designers come up with fantastic window sill decoration ideas, harmonious compositions which look inviting, stylish and add to the atmosphere of the home.

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Do you need ideas how to decorate your window sills? Do you wonder how to use this space? They can be large, small, even tiny, and yet, you can take advantage and personalize it, make it special and comfortable. The good news is that there are many ways to decorate it or use the space creatively easily and you can choose from many ideas which do not require any investment other than time for fantasy and experimenting with the space. We selected a number of ideas how to use the space of the window sill and make it more functional and for those who live in apartments and have tiny window sills we shall offer some ideas for decoration which will show your good taste and original approach in interior design.

Functional and practical window sill decoration ideas

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Window sill decoration ideas can be divided in two major groups – functional and decorative. We will discuss some of the most popular and easy ideas, original, and most importantly – they will give you an opportunity to use the space efficiently and make the window sill a functional element of the interior design.

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Transform the space into additional seating! This is a great idea as you can easily add seating space in a small living room or create a beautiful nook in the bedroom. When you want to transform the window sill into a seating area, the height from the floor to the window shall not be less than 46-50 cm. (19 inch) which is the standard height of a sofa and depth of about 40 cm (15 inch). This is essential if you want to have a comfortable seating area. Add decorative pillows in colors that complement the interior or use the pillows to add color accents and add to the feeling of comfort and coziness.

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How to turn the window sill into a daybed? This is a great option for all dreamers as the daybed is the perfect place for relaxing. This is the ideal cozy nook where you can spend a lazy afternoon enjoying the surrounding view or reading a book. Padded with soft cushions and with lots of colorful pillows, all you need is a fluffy blanket.

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Transforming a window sill into a reading corner is another great idea which has a lot to offer. On the first place a reading nook can feel very secluded, quiet and comfortable. Somehow you cannot imagine designing a reading corner in the kitchen, do you? Windows have the advantage of offering natural light which is best for reading and you can add a floor lamp nearby or a reading lamp if you have enough space on the sill itself. Adding bookshelves to keep your favorite books close at hand will make the reading nook even cozier and you will not have to go to the living room or bedroom for fetching books. Usually, such transformations – seating, daybed, reading corner – require wider dimensions, but if you have the opportunity to create a spectacular seating area or a comfortable daybed, do not hesitate for a minute!

Window sill decoration ideas – kitchen windows ideas

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In the gallery you will see some very interesting window sill decoration ideas for kitchens. The window sill can be transformed into a cool bar area. It can be the transitional area between the indoor and outdoor space and can be used as a breakfast bar or as an additional seating space when you entertain guests. Pass through kitchen windows are super comfortable and functional and save you a lot of energy, as you can just pass beverages and food to your family members or guests.  Transforming the space into a breakfast bar is a great idea for small apartments where every inch of space is valuable.

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Another great way to make the space really functional is to use it as a countertop. In most designs the window sill countertop is the place where the sink is located providing a view at the exterior. This design allows to use maximum natural light and in both large and small kitchens, having as much natural light as possible, is the best option. The main condition to install a countertop is the height which should be to 83-93 cm (32-36 inch). Granite, wood, marble, quartz, butcher’s block, tile or stainless steel countertop – in terms of material, the options are unlimited.

Home office desk ideas and additional storage solution

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Using the window sill as a desk is the optimum solution for small apartments. The idea to turn it into a worktop and make a functional space for studying, for example, gives the benefit of using natural light. This is an excellent idea for transformation for craft rooms as well – sewing, drawing or any other hobby. The height that you need for a comfortable home office desk or a worktop is at least 75 cm. (29-30 inch) and a depth of at least 50 cm. (20 inch) so that you can comfortably place a sewing machine, a laptop and stationery.

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The window sill provides great opportunities to add storage space, which is always a need in any home. Window sills are a very good hidden storage solution and you will see some very nice ideas in the images below. You can use the space under the window sill seating or add hidden drawers, open shelves, bookshelves, etc. Whether you will use storage organizers like baskets, boxes, crates – will depend entirely on you but this place is too valuable not to use it. You can store and organize the children’s toys, if you have a window sill bench in the kitchen, the space under the bench can accommodate various cookware, while in the bedroom you can use the space to store additional blankets, pillows, etc.

Window sill decoration ideas – mini gardens and herb gardens

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What to do if your space is not deep enough to transform it into a seating area, bench, storage space or a reading nook? Small sills may seem useless but still they do offer many and different opportunities. The most obvious one is to use it for placing your indoor plants. All plants need natural light and there is no better place than that. This is the best place for your herb garden as well. First, your kitchen window will be decorated in a great way and second, you will have fresh herbs for your meals at any time. Blooming flowers, succulents, cacti, bonsai or herbs – choose the plants that make you happy. Plant them in beautiful containers and you will have the most beautiful decoration.

Window sill decoration ideas – holiday decorations to add to the festive mood

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We all like to decorate our homes for holidays. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving decorations – the biggest holidays of the year give us the chance to create fascinating decorations and the window sill plays an important role. Fall, spring or summer – all seasonal decorations have their place on it. Christmas wreaths, garlands, ribbons, snowflakes, crafted by the children, colorful Easter eggs – there are thousands of ideas for festive window decoration.

Window sill decoration ideas – creative and artistic accents in the home decor

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Window sills can be the perfect place to create something eclectic and interesting. You can arrange various items from colored glass – vases, bottles, bowls – and enjoy the aesthetic effect of the light and colors. You can go symmetrical and arrange s items in similar size or color, or you can go eclectic and display items that you collected during your travels. The window sill can be a part of your romantic decor for a special evening – arrange candles and flowers to create a mood of romance and intimacy. Just mix and match, do not be afraid to experiment with colors, items and pieces that make you happy!

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