How to Decorate the Wall Above a Window


Small details have a big impact on interior decoration. Accessories bring rooms alive with color, form, character and personality. Finding unexpected ways to accent a room fosters original and creative design schemes. The wall space above a window often is overlooked as an area to showcase collectibles, wall art or artistic accents.

Shelves and Ledges

  • Install a shelf above the window, with decorative brackets snug against each side of the window frame. Screw the brackets into wall studs or use wall anchors to secure the shelf. Paint the shelf and brackets the same color as the window trim to make the shelf look like an extension of the window casing. Embellish the shelf with a collection of art glass, porcelain, German beer steins, Kachina dolls or a small vignette of assorted items in varying heights and forms. Use museum putty to secure display items to the shelf in earthquake-prone areas. Install a floating shelf for the appearance of a wall ledge above the window. Add an assortment of potted plants, some with trailing vines for elegant greenery cascading around the window, or fill vases and baskets with silk flowers for a bright spot of cheerful color.

Stenciled Designs

  • Add an unexpected touch of artistry above your windows with a stenciled design. Scrolling grapevines, ivy or flowers make lovely accents. Depending on your design scheme, other ideas include a Greek key pattern, Celtic knots, pineapples or seahorses. Choose a design that complements your decorating style and pull colors from the other decor in the room. It’s important to practice your stenciling technique on sample boards before attempting it on the wall.

Wall-art Galleries

  • Wall-art galleries or photo-gallery walls appear to be a growing trend in decorating, according to Jenna of SAS Interiors. The idea behind a photo or wall art gallery is a continuous growing display of framed art you add to until it fills an entire wall. It’s a good way to decorate awkward spaces, oddly shaped walls and the area above a window.

Wrought-iron Wall Art

  • Wrought-iron grills and scrolling designs with a horizontal profile make eye-catching accents when placed above the window. If space permits, an arched or circular design looks intriguing. Words and inspirational messages, colored glass, clocks and small tea-light holders sometimes are included in the design. While black is the most common finish, the metal can be painted white. Iron art hung above a window adds a touch of rustic elegance that can complement contemporary interiors.

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