8 Ways to Decorate Your Garden Window and Brighten Any Room

Amy Pawlukiewicz
Written by Amy Pawlukiewicz
Updated December 20, 2021
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Rosemary should be planted by your garden gate, but what goes in your garden window?

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You can add vibrance and brighten your kitchen with a garden window or greenhouse window. These styles don’t lie flat against your house, but extend several inches out for a mini-greenhouse effect. They add light and dimension to a room and can show off plants, figurines, and other items. Here are some ideas to get you started on your garden window.

1. Create an Indoor Mini Garden

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Garden windows are commonly found in the kitchen, sometimes above the sink, making them a perfect place for plants. Choose plants that do well in the sun, like lavender, verbena, and miniature roses. Phalaenopsis orchids are another option for garden windows, as they are relatively easy to maintain, do well in the sun, and add a touch of elegance to any space.

2. Plant an Herb Garden

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If you’ve always wanted fresh herbs available on-demand, a garden window is the perfect opportunity to plant your own indoor herb garden. Mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley, and chives grow well in sunlight. Pot your herbs in matching mason jars or mix it up with different pottery designs for a more eclectic look.

3. Make It Succulent

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Displaying succulents in your garden window is a great way to jazz it up without a lot of maintenance. Cacti, aloe, echeveria, and other succulents do well in the sunshine and don’t need a lot of attention. Home improvement stores often sell bundles of small pots designed for indoor use in the garden section.

4. Display Your Precious Moments

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Plants aren’t the only things that go well in garden windows—photos, figurines, decorative pots, and even fake plants (or the black thumbs out there) are a great way to make use of the space. 

5. Dress It Up

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Window treatments aren’t just for two-dimensional windows. A pretty curtain to frame your garden window dresses it up and draws attention to whatever you’ve chosen to display in the nook. And if you want to be able to block out the sun at certain times of the day, installing a solar shade over the window is a good option.

6. Crystallize It

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Show off your crystal collection by putting them in the limelight (or sunlight, as it were). Your garden window is a perfect place to showcase your geode collection—just make sure that you don’t display amethyst, citrine, or any other crystals that will fade or become brittle in the sunlight.

7. Resist the Urge to Overcrowd

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Yes, your garden window is a beautiful space to display your favorite items, but don’t overdo it. Choose a theme and run with it; you can always switch out items later. Overcrowding the window will spoil the natural light, which is the whole reason for having a garden window in the first place.

8. Above All, Be You

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Use your mini-greenhouse to reflect your personal style, whatever that may be. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so make your garden window the heart of your kitchen.

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