How to decorate window sills in your living room

Windowsills offer a great opportunity to enhance a domestic space such as a living room. At little cost and with relative ease, you can accentuate a feature that is often overlooked during decorating projects. Here are a few tips on how to go about this.

Candles
The calming effect of candles can be put to good use in all kinds of settings. When installed near windows they can lend a feeling of cosiness and romance, especially during winter nights. The use of colourful holders also adds a sense of vibrancy for rooms with muted palettes and tones.

Potted Plants
Consider bringing some of the outdoors in with potted plants or flowers – if your window attracts a lot of natural light they’ll thrive. They will also add colour as well as a pleasing fragrance to your living room. There are all kinds of plants to choose from although it’s probably worth including ones which don’t start to dominate your windowsill area. Houseplants can sometimes get out of hand, especially when drowned in sunlight, so choose carefully.

Books
If your shelves are overflowing with books, a windowsill space can offer an extra storage option. Book spines are often colourful so the tonal variety displayed once they’re arranged properly should provide a splash of colour to your living room.

Random Objects
Windowsills are a great place to include random objects such as ornaments and bric-a-brac. Not only can these personalise your living room, they can also lend an eclectic ambience that enhances most decorative styles. Take care not go overboard though, in case you violate the Feng-Shui principles regarding clutter and energy flow.

Reading Area
Larger windowsills can also be turned into cosy reading spaces. With the addition of cushions or throws, you’ll be in an ideal spot from which to thumb through your favourite book while enjoying all the natural light that comes through the window.

Storage Space
A window-sill can also prove useful for storage space. Although this isn’t usually a problem in living rooms, those that are spatially challenged may benefit from an extra space for storing things. However, try to avoid blocking out too much natural light by using the windowsill to store smaller items.

Coloured Bottles
For living rooms with pale decor, creating vivid colour-zones can really enhance the decorative theme of the entire space – this is very much in at the moment. So the imaginative placement of colourful bottles on your windowsill, through which natural light can flow, helps to create an eye-catching feature that adds a sense of vibrancy and fun.

The above tips should give you a few ideas on how best to utilise an unused windowsill. How you go about decorating the space will depend a great deal on how large your windowsill is. It’s also worth taking into account the size of your window as well as Feng-Shui principles relating to the flow of energy and natural light.

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