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Kitchen Window Plants and 9 Window Decorating Ideas

Updated on March 19, 2014

Kitchen Window Plants and Decorating Ideas

Seashells in ceramic square black plate with sandcastle on top.
Seashells in ceramic square black plate with sandcastle on top. | Source
Incorpoarted Easter décor in for the current holliday.
Incorpoarted Easter décor in for the current holliday. | Source
Spring, summer theme with beach and jade plants. two african violets.
Spring, summer theme with beach and jade plants. two african violets. | Source
Beach, seashells and pretty glass bottles for a spring and summer theme for the kitchen window
Beach, seashells and pretty glass bottles for a spring and summer theme for the kitchen window | Source
Herbs are perfect for a kitchen window. The most usable plant to own. Use the fresh herbs in cooking, no walking outside to get it and they smell lovely.
Herbs are perfect for a kitchen window. The most usable plant to own. Use the fresh herbs in cooking, no walking outside to get it and they smell lovely. | Source
Glass vases and faux silk roses to add color and grab attention. Livens up a kitchen shelf.
Glass vases and faux silk roses to add color and grab attention. Livens up a kitchen shelf. | Source
Japanese Rock Garden for the kitchen window. Choose river rocks with an indention in them that will hold water. Add fresh flower cut at the top of the stem.
Japanese Rock Garden for the kitchen window. Choose river rocks with an indention in them that will hold water. Add fresh flower cut at the top of the stem. | Source
Beautiful China freshens up the kitchen window.
Beautiful China freshens up the kitchen window. | Source

Great Kitchen Window Plants to Love and Use

1. Aloe plants.

2. Herbs, Rosemary, thyme, any mint like Chocolate Mint.

3. Edible flowers.

4. Jade plants.

5. African violets will flourish in this perfect spot and add color as they bloom.

6. Orchids add height for any window area.

7. Bonsai trees.

8. Bamboo for luck and green for an eco-friendly look and feel.

9. Mini roses either faux or real for a mini rose garden.

The wonderful benefits of maintaining an aloe plant in the kitchen are the ease of care, uniqueness of the look and useful for treating burns with the gel inside.

Herbs smell delicious, and you are more likely to incorporate them into your cooking when they are so conveniently located. They different kinds also present variances in height, texture, green, flowers and scents. They are impressive to occupy any kitchen window area.

Edible flowers beautify the window, no matter what time of year it is. When you like to upscale your foods or desserts with real flowers, this keeps them at hand to use at any time.

Jade plants are succulents that adore the kitchen window, they grow towards the light, so turn them every now and again. To maintain them as smaller plants, keep them in a smaller pot. Increasing the pot size allows them to grow taller and expand outward. The deep green adds a fresh feeling with a smooth texture.

African violets are my favorite flower for the kitchen. They are the perfect size, and bloom when you fertilize them throughout the year. For the most decadent colors, shop for them from large nurseries. They have distinctive combo colors that look like mosaic candies and are perfect for China or Lenox cups. I love butterflies, so my violets are planted in Lenox cups.

Orchids add height, elegance and exotic appearance. If you often open your window and have strong winds, I recommend leaving this plant in a safer place.

Bonsai Trees feel at home in a sunny kitchen window. It is easy to water them when needed and it gives the feeling of outdoors.

Bamboo plants are a fresh green look and are an encouragement for luck and prosperity. Another superb benefit is the wide variety of ceramic decorative pots these come in or varying glass vases. Asian stores have the biggest selection I have ever found for bamboo plants.

Create a mini rose garden. Silk flowers or real roses work well in a large enough kitchen window. It is just fine to add a fake plant too. I have had a lovely faux plant from the florist shop that looks so realistic. I don't have to worry about it dying either. Just dust it when needed.

China adds so much color, it is a perfect way to display it outside a China cabinet for a while. Enjoy looking at the patterns you treasure normally on festive occasions only.


Dangers to Collectibles

One danger, cats! If you have the kind that likes to climb into every window, avoid adding anything in the window that has potential for breaking. Water is a danger to some items. Elevate those items to prevent water damage.

Cats are a Danger to Collectibles

If you have one of these and they visit the kitchen window, save your collectibles for a safer place, away from the cats.
If you have one of these and they visit the kitchen window, save your collectibles for a safer place, away from the cats. | Source

Decorating Ideas for Your Kitchen Window

Window treatments are not just about curtains. This is a fantastic place to display something you love and want to look at every day. Collections, special dishes, vases, art, sculptures and cement figures are impressive to add.

Holiday decorating. We so often decorate the mantel and every other part of the house, but forget the kitchen window. Slip one or two holiday decorations right between the pots or place right in the dirt (if is is a washable item).

Add additional shelves across the front to add usable space. Herb gardening is possible with multi levels of shelving. It is ideal for hanging plants too.

Hooks in the corners or on the wall space allows additional plant placement or to hand distinctive dishes or chimes.

Use vintage, aged terra Cotta pots or newly painted pots. Craft the outside of the plain pots with decoupage, mosaics, or seashells.

Glass container plants are water gardens. Create from vases, rocks and water, with the plant draping from the top. Class cases are terraria elegantly display plants inside and promote a humid environment for self maintaining. Use decorative glass bottles to create mini gardens inside. Little ferns and tiny plastic animals add a whimsical theme to the window sill.


Items to Decorate a Kitchen Window

Decorations
Plants
Flowers
Collectibles
African Violets
Mini Roses
China
Jade Plants
Orchids
Art and Postcards
Herbs
Begonias
Holiday Decor
Bonsai Trees
Primrose

9 Kitchen Window Decorating Ideas

  1. Flowering window, like a garden. Add plants that bloom, such as African violets, mini roses, begonias and primroses. A vase of fresh flowers are wonderful too. Include a decorative bird house with this theme.

    2. Japanese rock garden and Zen theme use river rocks, fresh flowers, or a small mini Japanese garden. Bonsai trees and orchids. Full Asian theme can include any Chinese pottery, teapots and artistic pieces. Postcards emphasis the brilliant colors related to the Asian theme.

    3. By the sea. Add memories from beach vacations. Seashells in glass containers, or on a ceramic square plate. Sand candles, Add jade plants or cactus. A seashell covered flower pot is perfect or sand covered candles.

    4. Gardener's window. Add herbs like rosemary, mint, basil and thyme. Include a watering can for that indoor garden.

    5. Dishes on display. China, individual tea cups, bowls, depression glass and handcrafted pottery.

    6. Collectibles, Lenox dishes or clear glass sculptures, figures or a statute.

    7. Perfect kitchen combo. Aloe plant, a herb or two, vases or decorative dishes.

    8. Depression glass or other vintage dishes. Cookie jars and glass containers will capture sunlight. Add a glass garden or terraria, a glass case with plants inside or bottle garden.

    9. Seasonal decorating that represents the spring, or summer butterflies, fall leaves. Add in your holiday d├ęcor when the time comes.

Empty the shelf and get those decorative items and plants out. Try different designs and layouts, till you find the one that suits your kitchen window,

No Window or Shelf - Make it a Special Place

Some kitchen sink areas lack a window or shelf or both. This is the time to be creative and create a remarkable space, no matter how small it is. It is important to have something you enjoy looking at while in the kitchen. Purchase a raised shelf that assembles easy and fits right over the top of the kitchen faucets or right next to the sink area, against the wall. Place it the area that is out of your way, but still a focal point. Add a small ivy plant, African violet or small herbs like thyme.

Lean a piece of art against the wall, near your view and out of they way of potential water damage.

Add one plant or a few collectibles near the sink or one cookie jar, which becomes a useable item and not just a decoration.



Kitchen Window

Start off with a clean window and kitchen shelf
Start off with a clean window and kitchen shelf | Source

Kitchen Window Decorating Ideas

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Plants and faux orchid for color and heighthLenox butterfy cup with African violet.Lenox butterfy cupJade plant, painted pottery planter and glass bottle.Depression glass allows the light to penetrate right through it. A lovely dish collection.Cookie Jars and Glass containers add a lot of character and excitement to the window shelfButterfly theme with a butterfly house and butterfly motif on the box and tall coffee mug. Lenox butterfly cups in the center.Garden theme with decorative bird house, little birds and butterflies on the dishes holding african violetsAsian theme with a mini japanese gardenAsian theme in the kitchen windowMini Teapots and small dishes from China add to the Asian theme.Pottery from China and Hand painted glass bottle from ChinaCollection of Asian postcards and bright art imageAsian or Zen, add bamboo plants, oriental art and Jade plants.Frogs and glass marbles inside a glass bowl and interestFrogs are spring and summer theme
Plants and faux orchid for color and heighth
Plants and faux orchid for color and heighth | Source
Lenox butterfy cup with African violet.
Lenox butterfy cup with African violet. | Source
Lenox butterfy cup
Lenox butterfy cup | Source
Jade plant, painted pottery planter and glass bottle.
Jade plant, painted pottery planter and glass bottle. | Source
Depression glass allows the light to penetrate right through it. A lovely dish collection.
Depression glass allows the light to penetrate right through it. A lovely dish collection. | Source
Cookie Jars and Glass containers add a lot of character and excitement to the window shelf
Cookie Jars and Glass containers add a lot of character and excitement to the window shelf | Source
Butterfly theme with a butterfly house and butterfly motif on the box and tall coffee mug. Lenox butterfly cups in the center.
Butterfly theme with a butterfly house and butterfly motif on the box and tall coffee mug. Lenox butterfly cups in the center. | Source
Garden theme with decorative bird house, little birds and butterflies on the dishes holding african violets
Garden theme with decorative bird house, little birds and butterflies on the dishes holding african violets | Source
Asian theme with a mini japanese garden
Asian theme with a mini japanese garden | Source
Asian theme in the kitchen window
Asian theme in the kitchen window | Source
Mini Teapots and small dishes from China add to the Asian theme.
Mini Teapots and small dishes from China add to the Asian theme. | Source
Pottery from China and Hand painted glass bottle from China
Pottery from China and Hand painted glass bottle from China | Source
Collection of Asian postcards and bright art image
Collection of Asian postcards and bright art image | Source
Asian or Zen, add bamboo plants, oriental art and Jade plants.
Asian or Zen, add bamboo plants, oriental art and Jade plants. | Source
Frogs and glass marbles inside a glass bowl and interest
Frogs and glass marbles inside a glass bowl and interest | Source
Frogs are spring and summer theme
Frogs are spring and summer theme | Source

Window Decorating with Spring, Summer, and Holiday Themes

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Beach theme with colored glass bottle.Beach theme with lilly plant, sea candle and a plate of seashellsSeashells on a black square ceramic plate. Sand castle on top and Galveston Plaque in the sill.Painted mini pottery vase and faux flowers.Large Sand dollar and glass container filled with seashells.Mini Rose Garden (faux silk flowers or real roses)Easter decorations in between the flowers to suit the current holiday.Adding mini Easter basket and punch art decorated egg.Egg holders and mini Easter decorationsMini egg treeSeed bead covered egg in a bunny egg holderMore eggs with Punch Art decorations in egg holders
Beach theme with colored glass bottle.
Beach theme with colored glass bottle. | Source
Beach theme with lilly plant, sea candle and a plate of seashells
Beach theme with lilly plant, sea candle and a plate of seashells | Source
Seashells on a black square ceramic plate. Sand castle on top and Galveston Plaque in the sill.
Seashells on a black square ceramic plate. Sand castle on top and Galveston Plaque in the sill. | Source
Painted mini pottery vase and faux flowers.
Painted mini pottery vase and faux flowers. | Source
Large Sand dollar and glass container filled with seashells.
Large Sand dollar and glass container filled with seashells. | Source
Mini Rose Garden (faux silk flowers or real roses)
Mini Rose Garden (faux silk flowers or real roses) | Source
Easter decorations in between the flowers to suit the current holiday.
Easter decorations in between the flowers to suit the current holiday. | Source
Adding mini Easter basket and punch art decorated egg.
Adding mini Easter basket and punch art decorated egg. | Source
Egg holders and mini Easter decorations
Egg holders and mini Easter decorations | Source
Mini egg tree
Mini egg tree | Source
Seed bead covered egg in a bunny egg holder
Seed bead covered egg in a bunny egg holder | Source
More eggs with Punch Art decorations in egg holders
More eggs with Punch Art decorations in egg holders | Source

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    • mr-veg profile image

      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Wow Brenda you have done a wonderful job with indoor decoration, they look so refreshing... I totally love these..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great ideas, Brenda. We do herbs in our window, but there are some ideas here I hadn't thought of. Thanks!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Mr-veg. It is funny, as I created new looks, I realized how much more fun it was to try different designs. The Asian theme and beach theme became my favorites. The ideas now inspired me to change the kitchen window décor more often.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you billybuc. The herbs are the best in the kitchen. Once I plant that Rosemary in my garden again, I will get more little herb plants for the kitchen window. I am glad you found a few new ideas.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You really covered this topic. Thanks for the effort. One question: I've lost more miniature roses than I can remember. Finally my Mom told me to repot them and put them outside - and they have trived. Do you know a secret for keeping them indoors?

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Kathleen Cochran. The mini roses need as much sun as possible, minimum 5 hours in a south or west side window, watered more often then when outdoors and fertilize every 2-3 weeks.Deadhead the finished rose blooms and prune the rose during the dormant winter stage. Watch for Spider mites and treat when detected. If they are not staying moist enough, you could try placing one in a glass case.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Shared bridalletter. Edible flowers got my interest. Hmm, I might get one of those for our home. Thanks!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thanks beingwell. I love the idea of edible flowers. I think if they are in the kitchen window, I would be more compelled to add them to certain dishes and desserts. It is eye candy!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such great and beautiful ideas. I totally agree with what you say, "Window treatments are not just about curtains." Plants and other things on the kitchen window make the kitchen an interesting place to stay in and work rather than being a boring place.

      Thank you for sharing this hub. The pictures are lovely too.

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you livingsta. I had fun creating it and realized my window was more like a China cabinet filled with collectibles. I plan to change mine often now. There are so many things to display and enjoy.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I need to get some actually indoor plants! All my plants are high light-needing tropical plants that can't be out when it's cool and require a lamp to get enough sunlight =(

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Or if you have enough space in the window, add a pretty lamp to shine a little extra light on the ones you have. Once I start buying plants and flowers, I can't stop! I bet those tropical plants look really gorgeous in a kitchen window. Thank you for commenting Natashalh.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub. We have been moving plants around lately trying to find better places for them. Like you said with cats window doesn't always work. Voted up.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you moonlake. I put more things and plants in my window today. I am hoping it looks like they can't squeeze up there. I think the "natural scratch not training" spray may work, if sprayed on the edge of the shelf.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Brenda,

      What a fabulous collection of ideas and amazing pics! Love all your ideas, are the frogs real in the glass bowl?? Would not be a fan of that indoors but love it if they are fake! The different themes are are a great idea and so easy to re-arrange simply by being a bit creative. Voted up, interesting, useful, shared and pinned. Really great job!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Suzie HQ, I like those kind of compliments. The frogs are not real, just painted very realistically. I have bought frogs for my mom for years and I am sure those were from a Rainforest style store. I am changing out my kitchen window a lot more often. It is so much more fun than I realized before. Thank you for sharing the hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a beautiful hub and such lovely decorative arrangements. Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips and ideas.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you rajan jolly. I bet your window is full of healthy, useful plants.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brenda,

      You obviously like decorating your kitchen window with various things throughout the year. Great assortment of photos! I usually ripen tomatoes and other things on that space but occasionally decorate it seasonally as I just did for Easter and I do for Christmas. Gave this an up, useful and interesting vote. Nice job! :)

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Peggy W. The funny part is I didn't change it very often till I decided to do this article. I am going to change it often now. You must get a tremendous amount of sun to grow those tomatoes. Wow, that would be nice to grow a mini garden right in the kitchen!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are great ideas! I never would've thought to choose a theme for my window décor as you mention. I would most likely go for herbs, edible flowers or even a bonsai. I hope to use your suggestions when we settle into our new place. Thanks!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you vespawoolf. I may add a few more ideas I recently thought of. You will find it is fun to do and very enjoyable to look at every day. Congratulations on your new place! That will be an exciting time. It is so much easier to use the herbs when they are inside the kitchen. They smell great too.

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      Essie 22 months ago from Southern California

      Lovely ideas and lovely to look at! I see many uses for these!

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