How to Decorate a Kitchen Bay Window

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Often, a bay window is a focal point in a room. Having one in the kitchen gives you a place to highlight decorative items, a dedicated place for eating and a great place to view your yard. Natural light is a great commodity in almost any room, especially in the kitchen. Highlight, don't hide, this value-adding architectural detail.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Vases
  • Decorative accessories
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Upholstered seating
  • Window casing
  • Windowsill
  • Window treatment
  • If your bay window does not have window casing and a sill, add these architectural details to highlight the window. Window trim also adds value to your home.

  • Add decorative accessories. If your bay window is tall, add decorative accessories that will highlight the detail. Vases, flowers and other decorative accessories placed in the window will highlight more than just the window. When using decorative accessories, use odd numbers and pieces of different heights. Group objects together as a single or in threes, fives or sevens. Guests will think you are a professional decorator.

  • Grow an indoor garden. Bay windows are the perfect place for indoor gardens. Grow plants or even an herb garden and have fresh herbs year-round.

  • Create a breakfast nook. Having an eat-in kitchen is a valuable building asset. Use a table size that will fit in the nook but still show off the window with complementing chairs. Using light, airy pieces will allow light to come in, so go for a glass table with chairs that have open backs.

  • For those of you with the space and room, have an upholstered window seat made to fit in your bay window. You can use this as just a seat for reading and relaxing or also add a table and chairs for a larger nook.

  • Hang window treatments. The perfect frame for your bay window is a window treatment. You don't have to use fabric treatments. If you are worried about odors being trapped in the fabric, hang blinds or shutters for privacy. You can also install window film over the glass that will allow for light to enter but will show only shadows through it.

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