How to Style a Garden Window into a Sleek & Modern Look

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Indoor plants have great benefits, such as purifying air, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of purpose. Growing plants indoors is a practice that a lot of people adopt. There are various places in the home that can be suitable for plants. However, the ideal location for an indoor greenhouse is a kitchen garden window.

It is a protruding glass structure that looks like a three-dimensional window providing abundant natural light and air. It’s a lot like a bay window but much smaller. This post explores how to style a garden window to make it a better-looking space in your house.

Let’s begin!

1. Decorate with Photos and a Plant

kitchen garden window with one plant, a picture, and candles

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The first idea we’ll explore for styling your garden window has a single plant with some candle holders. Candles are a great way to add a classic feel to the area. You don’t need many plants to make the space look lively. One plant is enough to add green vibrance to your kitchen garden window.

As you can see from the image, you can place an important photo in your garden window. Since garden windows have more natural light than other areas in your home, you’ll be shedding a spotlight on the most important memories. You can use pictures of your family, wedding day, or favorite moments.

2. Place a Figurine or Small Statue

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While most garden windows feature one or more plants, few feature tiny statues. Place one of your figurines in your kitchen window if you want a modern and unique way to add beauty and style to your house.

You could even place two figurines on opposite ends of the garden window and a plant in the middle. This can create a special look for your kitchen, whether you look at it indoors or outdoors. It’s almost as if you shrunk a sculpture garden and placed it in your kitchen.

3. Add Seasonal Flowers

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Another tip on how to style a garden window is using flowers. Plants have different requirements for light and moisture, which is why they bloom at different times. You’ll need to research the best flowers to grow in the season to avoid taking flowers that will only bloom for a few days. Alternatively, you could just buy some artificial flowers.

Terracotta pots are excellent for flowers and allow you to paint them in various colors, making them great for styling your garden window. Flowers provide a great way to draw attention to your kitchen area. They can serve as strong decor statements, especially if the color matches something in your kitchen, like the walls or cabinets.

4. Indoor Herb Garden

Garden windows are the perfect place to grow your herbs and other valuable plants. If you don’t have an outdoor garden where you can nurture herbs, you can do it in the kitchen. A crisp fresh greenhouse window garden can supply some of the ingredients you need and save you a trip to the grocery store.

fresh basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, and chives growing in mason jars

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You don’t need an entire garden space to grow these herbs if you only need small portions of them at a time. The green color will liven up your kitchen, and the herbs will provide the flavors you need for tasty meals.

5. Set Up a Garden Nursery

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You can also style your kitchen garden window using a plant nursery. This is a great way to use your kitchen garden window to prep plants for outdoor life. There are plants that require a lot of protection when they start growing. Keeping young vegetables indoors will guard them against extreme temperatures, pests, and other dangers.

Once the plants get too big for the nursery, you can transfer them to the outdoor garden to let them continue maturing in natural conditions. You can alternate the types of plants you nurture in your mini garden according to the season.

6. Add Kitchen Essentials

A greenhouse window isn’t the only way to utilize the space in your kitchen window garden. You can also decorate your room with kitchen supplies that you regularly need.

Of course, you shouldn’t place items that have to be stored in cool, dry environments on garden windows. This is because high temperatures from sunlight can cause them to go bad. However, you can place items like your favorite cooking manuals in your garden window to add your personal style t the room.

7. Add Shelving to the Garden Window

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Adding a shelf to your garden window is a great way to maximize space. Garden window shelving provides extra room for storing useful supplies and decorative items.

Unfortunately, getting a shelf will reduce the amount of light that enters the kitchen. However, if you already have ample lighting, you can use the shelves to hold anything that

Shelves allow you to place multiple items on the kitchen garden window. You can place small pots of plants and a centerpiece like a colored bottle to create a focal point. Don’t place differently sized items haphazardly in your garden window if you want to add character and elegance to the room.

8. Seasonal Decorations

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Garden windows provide the perfect arena to display seasonal decorative items. You can use your garden window space to highlight what’s going on. For example, you can place Christmas decorations on your garden window during the season. This will help set the mood for the activities you’ll indulge in during the holidays.

Halloween is another occasion when you can set up decorative pieces. You can curve up a pumpkin and place it on your garden window to make your home more spooky as kids go around trick or treating. Ensure you choose colors that match the theme you are going for, and you’ll be good to go.

9. Add Colorful Vases

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Your garden window could be an excellent spot if you have colorful vases that you can reposition in the home. You can place two vases on opposite ends of the garden window with a plant in the middle as a focal point.

Since garden windows are usually well-lit, especially during the day, you can place artistic pieces for decoration.

10. Use a Bonsai Tree

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Our last tip on how to style a garden window is getting a bonsai tree. If you’ve not heard of a bonsai tree before, it’s basically a dwarfed tree that doesn’t grow to the standard height and size of a regular tree. These trees can only grow to the size of a shrub and are perfect decor statements for any home.

A bonsai can serve as a centerpiece if you have a large garden window. You should check out the best bonsai options for a stunning pick that will last years.

Things to Keep in Mind When Styling Your Kitchen Window Garden

There are things you need to know after learning how to style a garden window. These factors can help you get the best fit for your kitchen garden window. Let’s consider them below.

1. Size of Garden Window

The size of the garden window will determine how many items you can place on it. Unlike bay and bow windows which usually take up a large portion of the room, garden windows are smaller. As such, not everything will fit well in the available space.

You should get decorative pieces that are proportional to the amount of space your garden window offers. The larger your garden window, the more you can fit in the kitchen.

2. Plant Requirements

The next consideration is the type of plants you’ll add to your space and their requirements. How big will your plants grow? How much attention do they need to thrive in an indoor space? These are questions that can help you find a plant that’s suitable for your kitchen garden window.

 Indoor Plants of different sizes In pots

If you don’t have the time or energy to regularly check on your household plant, you should go for a low-maintenance one. Plants like cacti, snake plants, and aloe vera don’t require constant attention and can thrive with minimal resources. Check out this post to know how much light succulent plants need.

3. Kitchen Color Scheme

Decorations and household accessories should bring harmony to kitchen garden windows. The colors that dominate your kitchen determine the ideal accessory colors for decorating your space. This can make your kitchen more appealing and stylish.


Garden windows are great indoor spaces for adding plants and other decorations that make your home more elegant. They also increase the amount of color and life in the kitchen, so it’s essential to learn the best styling tips. The tips we’ve discussed can help transform a regular kitchen into a stunning space that you enjoy cooking in.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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