Looking for more visual interest and personality in your home? Consider the natural light and added dimension of a garden window. You can display items you enjoy, or maximize the mini-greenhouse effect of your garden window—the perfect place to grow your favorite herbs, flowers, or succulents.
If you don’t have a garden window yet, let the following convince you to take the plunge and get one installed.
If you have a garden window, may you be inspired to utilize it in a new and uplifting way. Here’s how:
Garden Window Ideas to Brighten Your Home
Popular for the area over your kitchen sink, garden windows bring in natural light, and extend away from your home, giving you four panes of energy-efficient glass that add architectural interest and the opportunity to grow your favorite herbs or flowers right inside your kitchen. There’s no need to feel “closed up” with a garden window, because operable casement windows may be placed on each side of it, giving you ample opportunity for fresh air to circulate.
If you’ve been in a rut regarding how to best utilize your garden window, it’s time to revitalize its function with a new approach to using it, such as:
1. Savory Herb Garden
Your kitchen is the perfect place for a garden window, and as long as it’s in the place you prepare your meals, why not plant a handy herb garden and tend it right from the convenience of the heart of your home? When you need some extra spice as you cook, simply reach out to your garden window and grab some rosemary, chives, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, oregano, or thyme.
As you make your evening tea, reach for fresh mint or spearmint grown in your garden window to add a burst of flavor to savor. Grow your herbs in mason jars for a simple vibe, or a variety of pottery designs for a varied look.
2. Herbs Grown in Water Only
It’s attractive to find some jars, fill them with water, and grow herbs in them year-round in your garden window. Basil, fennel, celery, sage, stevia, lemon balm, chives, and marjoram are all great choices and will thrive in your garden window. You’ll enjoy seeing their root systems develop as they grow and produce.
3. Fresh Flower Garden
Plant a variety of cheerful flowers inside your home with a delightful garden window. Choose bright colorful blooms such as petunias, zinnias, begonias, or pansies.
4. Mini Indoor Garden
The garden window provides a mini greenhouse where plants can thrive in the space’s optimal growing conditions. So as you plan your mini garden, select greenery that requires low maintenance and grows best in the sun. Consider a variety of ideas such as lavender, mini roses, or orchids.
5. Display Your Collectibles in Style
The shelves that make up most garden windows give you a considerable amount of space in which to display your favorite décor. While many collectibles can be breakable, this gives you great insulation around them so they stay intact.
6. Dress Up Your Garden Window with the Perfect Window Treatment
A window valance mounted above your garden window (to create the illusion of greater height) gives an elegant, finishing touch to your space without interrupting the natural light teeming into your home.
7. Simple Succulent Beauty
These days, succulents are all the rage, so adding them to your garden window will energize your space. Grab a handful of small indoor pots and enjoy these low-maintenance, ornamental plants that are drought resistant, yet do best with deep watering and fertilizing. Some succulent beauties include aloe (great for sunburns), cacti, and echeveria.
8. Salad Garden
Why not grow your own salads throughout the year right in the comfort of your home? Your garden window can serve as the perfect place to plant, water, and harvest your salads! Spinach, lettuce, beetroot, and mizuna are some simple salads to grow. If you sow a pinch of seeds weekly, your harvest will come in incrementally so you can enjoy it throughout the year!
Elements of a Garden Window
If you’re in the market for a garden window, there are standard features such as their adjustable glass shelves, but you’ll also have some options to select to get the perfect look for your home.
- Flexible window hinging offers sashes (the part of the window made of vertical and horizontal frames that hold the glass) that open away from your kitchen.
- Interior surfaces are available with optional white laminate, eliminating the need to paint or stain your window’s interior, and delivering easy maintenance and resilience to your garden window.
- Solid surface seat boards are available in a variety of colors from arctic white to gray granite and black pearl.
Take the Leap—and Enjoy a Garden Window
Your home should bring you delight, and what better way to brighten your space (and your mood) than a refreshing garden window!
At Kelly Window and Door, we offer Sunrise Windows and Doors. Our premier garden windows are installed with precision by our skilled craftsmen so you can enjoy them for years to come. Hungry for inspiration? Take a look at our window gallery.