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Spring Into Action: Garden Windows Bring Charm and Choices

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on May 23, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Garden windows are smaller, bay-style windows typically installed in the kitchen right above your sink. They provide a beautiful, light-filled space to house plants and other items. They may seem like a small update, but can completely change the look and feel of the room. 

Now that you know exactly what garden windows are, let's talk about how you can select the right one to add charm and functionality to your space. 

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Selecting the Right Style

One major reason for installing a garden window in the first place, apart from bringing in light, is updating the look of the kitchen. These fresh windows can add value and charm to your home. Once you decide on the structure and window ledge dimensions, you can dig into the specifics.

Other style options for most garden windows include:

Exterior and Interior Colors

You will have the option to pick from a range of coloring to match the new window to the other window fixtures and exterior of the house. From classic white to a variety of colors, make sure your window provider has a color that fits with your home's aesthetic. 

The hardware finishes can also be customized to fit your style. There's often a range from gold, bronze, and silver to pick from. 

Materials Quality

Be sure to ask your window supplier about the types of material. Specifically, check that the glass has an energy efficiency quality that won't let heat escape in the cooler months. If you're going with a window that has a wood frame, oak or birch are typically used and then should be sealed with a protectant to prevent water infiltration and rot. 

Window Treatment 

This can include curtains or other treatments to add to the styling. Select adjustable ones that can block out harsh light, or go with sheer curtains that allow the sun to filter in. Match these with your home's color palette.

Maximizing Functionality

There are endless creative ideas for getting the most out of your new window area. Add a personal touch to make it yours. Below are just a couple examples to get you thinking!

Herb Garden 

This can be as fancy or as simple as you would like - Buy a few matching pots and plant some basil, rosemary, thyme, and whatever herbs you enjoy cooking with. Watch the herbs grow as they soak up the sun, and reach over to pick a few to add flavor to dinner. 

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Playful Pets

Instead of a place for your plants, some homeowners dedicate this space for their furry feline friends. Cats love to look out the window to see what's going on in the backyard or street. And let's face it - they'll probably be jumping up there anyways, so you might as well give them a spot to themselves. There are several companies that make additional window accessories just for pets, or you can create your own. 

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The View From Outside

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Perhaps one of the more important factors when thinking about adding any new window is what your new window will look out to. If your backyard is overgrown with weeds and needs an update, you might want to factor in work on that project too. It might be the inspiration and push you need to do a bit of yard work!


Garden windows can add a charming, fun, and productive space for growing plants or simply letting a little light in. Enjoy the warm weather, and best of luck with any home improvement projects you take on this season!

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Topics: Windows