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Clever Ideas for Improving Your ‘Window to Nowhere’

How many of you live in a home with at least one window that boasts a spectacular view of a boring blank wall, bag-strewn back alley or barrier of bushes?

We see a few hands going up, which isn’t surprising considering how few of us live the wide-open prairie life. The question is, how do we make the most of that window, since we can’t see anything when we look through it? Here are a few ideas:

Hang stained glass in the window.

Sometimes people do this even when they view isn’t so bad, so you can imagine how great it can work when there’s nothing else to see. The idea is to use the light you get from the window to make the stained glass pop in the space.

Mount art in the window space.

You can hang art from the inside top of the sill or just lean it against the glass. Either way, chances are good it’ll be an improvement if the alternative is your neighbor’s vinyl siding. The downside is that you may lose some light, so maybe save this idea for windows in the shade.

Paint right on the glass.

This is a fun way to add boho charm to any space, especially if you use somewhat translucent paints that produce a kaleidoscopic effect. But, if you’re not much of an artist (or still need some practice) you can use stencils to help or decals for a more pro-level look.

Start a windowsill garden and/or hanging garden.  

This is another great option if you have a lot of light with little else to see. Combine hanging pots with freestanding planters – or even a flowerbox – to create a luscious landscape to replace your lackluster lookout.

Try one of these ideas and get even more window wisdom from pro designers at Porch and Decorist

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