The Windowsill

One of the often overlooked surfaces, styling-wise, is the windowsill. While the depth of the windowsill will dictate the size and number of objects you can use, it can be a great opportunity to add an extra layer of interest to a room. As long as the styling doesn’t obstruct the view (or the light), a few potted plants or a collection of vases or pretty boxes can be really beautiful. This image, below, has been in our inspiration file forever and is a fantastic example of how gorgeous a well styled windowsill can be. All of the objects are relatively low, but there is a nice up and down flow to the way the pieces are stacked and layered on top of one another. None of the objects stand out in a way that is distracting, helping the eye view all of the pieces together. This vignette works in part because the windows are naked; had their been window treatments, even simple roman shades, all of these objects probably wouldn’t have had the same impact (something to keep in mind when you’re styling your own windowsill).
stylingfeatBelow left, in an image from Lonny, a few stacks of monochromatic books and a little sculpture are all this windowsill needs. window6Below left, in a foyer by Vincente Wolf featured in Architectural Digest, the designer even leans a small print against the window. While a collection of picture frames can quickly become kitschy, this windowsill (below left) from Lonny did it right. windows3Putting a table in front of your window for plants and other objects is a great alternative if you have window treatments. window2As you can see, the most successful windowsill styling tends to happen on “naked” windows or windows with simple roman shades. How gorgeous is this little spot (below, left)? window4And if all else fails, there’s nothing wrong with displaying a few of your most beautiful high heels! Happy Friday!window5How do you style your windowsill? Are you pro or con windowsill styling?


  • Jaime @ laviejaime

    i like to put shells i’ve collected on my window sill