8 Stylish Windowsill Displays That’ll Inspire More Than Just a Green Thumb

published Jun 19, 2019
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Your windowsill is ripe with design opportunity—it just takes a little imagination or a coat of fresh paint. So we rounded up some of the most stylish and well-styled windowsill displays we could find in our house tours to prove our point. From gallery-inspired windowsills to plant-lined ones, here are eight gorgeous windowsill ideas you can easily recreate at home.

Plant Power

Never underestimate the impact of a row of potted plants in a curtain-less windowsill. Whether it’s a series of similar plants and pots, like the terracotta herb garden we spotted in Christine Gasparich’s Boston abode, or a mix of houseplants and vessels, a uniform plant setup will turn an empty window into a sleek display.

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Curtain Call

Searching for a cool way to bring some bold color or prints into your kitchen? Take a cue from Carrie and Patrick’s Los Angeles kitchen and employ some graphic window treatments and a couple of colorful flowers to create an eye-catching, above-the-sink scene.

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Art Exhibition

Line a few of your most treasured art objects along a prominent windowsill to show them off in style, just like we saw in Audra Wrisley’s Alexandria, Virginia home.

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Boho FTW

Privy yourself more of a minimalist? Then we have some windowsill inspo for you. The sheer flowing curtains and small potted plants along Carla Culos and Justus Kilian’s New York City windowsill usher some simple, but boho-inspired vibes into any room.

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Gallery Galore

Who knew your windowsill could double as a picture ledge? Kate Sykes did, who used the windowsill in her Raleigh, North Carolina bathroom as both a plant shelf and gallery wall for showing off framed artwork. 

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Gold Metal

A little gold goes a long way on a windowsill. Case in point: interior designer Alissa Lenore Minehart’s Newton, Massachusetts living room, where you’ll find that a handful of succulents in gold-finished metal planters makes for a surprisingly sophisticated window vignette.

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DIY Style

In the mood for a good DIY project this weekend? Follow in Terra Loire’s footsteps and hand-paint a few terracotta pots to personalize your windowsill, just like she did inside her Toronto rental.

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Treasure Trove

When all else fails, you can always count on your windowsill to provide the perfect amount of space for displaying your beloved trinkets, keepsakes, and baubles, just like we saw in Rebekka Seale’s Nashville kitchen.