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8 Ways to Dress Up the Kitchen Window {without using a curtain}

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Creative kitchen window ideas that don’t require a curtain! Give your kitchen a unique look and pull your style altogether with these 8 beautiful ideas!

Sometimes, the kitchen window gets lost among the other showstoppers in a kitchen and becomes an afterthought.  But for many homes, the window is paired with the sink, which means that we spend a lot of time standing there, not only looking at the view outside, but the one inside as well!

Taking some time to dress up the kitchen window is a small touch that can change the entire look and feel of the kitchen.  Decorative curtain windows – whether valances, cafe curtains, shades, etc. – are a quick way to add instant color, texture, and pattern to a room, but there are other fun ways to add interest, too!


1. Shelf

When a window doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling, the first thought might be to add a curtain that extends above the window to make the window appear larger,  But if you don’t want to add a curtain, then what?!  The addition of a shelf provides extra storage and display area.   Also, for those who don’t have a view outside that they want to highlight – or perhaps have one they want to hide – a shelf helps to keep the focus inside.

{via Better Homes & Gardens}
{via Better Homes & Gardens}
{via Better Homes & Gardens}
{via Homedit}

2. Sconces

Sometimes, dressing up the window doesn’t directly involve the window, but rather the window area.  Side sconces add additional light while also adding character and an element of customization to the space.

3. Overhead Lighting

A decorative pendant or unique light fixture can be a beautiful addition to the kitchen. 

Adjustable Overhead Lights
{via Pinterest}
Shop for it HERE

4. Ribbon

The addition of a beautiful ribbon to an existing shade or blinds is a simple touch that is easy and inexpensive to do and can be changed out according to your mood, decorating style, or season.

5. Wreath

A boxwood wreath adds a pop of color and a touch of nature and is a simple addition to the window!

{via Indulgy}
{via Indulgy}

8. Awning

This one makes the list since an awning isn’t a traditional curtain window treatment for a kitchen.  This idea is both clever and dramatic!

{via Recaptured Charm}
{via Lisa at Recaptured Charm}

7. Reclaimed Wood

An alternative to a traditional valance or curtain is to use a piece of reclaimed wood stenciled with a message like the ones shown below.

Fall farmhouse kitchen
via Tidbits&Twine
{via Mary at At Home on the Bay}
{via Mary at At Home on the Bay}

8. Corbels

Decorative corbels add visual interest and character to the space, making a unique statement!  Just like the sconces, the corbels aren’t affixed directly to the window itself, but rather the area surrounding the window.

So what do you think of these kitchen window ideas?  Are you more of a traditional kitchen valance person or would you consider one of these alternatives?  Let me know!

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  1. TrophyHomeRestoration says:

    Your tips and ideas are great and helpful. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Teddee Grace says:

    Love, love, love the black and white striped Frenchness of the awning. You could even install something like this over the kitchen sink in an apartment with no window.

  3. Evelyn M Sandefur says:

    You’ve given me the motivation to change a dark black valance with chalk paint french print, and white faux wooden slat dust-collecting blinds to something fresh. I don’t need the privacy. And I like all your choices. Now, I have to put on my thinking hat. Thank you!

  4. I love my small kitchen, too, but it’s very 1980’s. How do you feel about painting kitchen cabinets yellow? I have a West facing room but almost no natural light due to an enclosed porch off the kitchen. I pretty much settled on BM Hawthorne Yellow for the cabinets after looking at the sample boards over all times of day and night. But trying to find a wall color is frustrating! Can any of you small kitchen people have any suggestions for me? I have “super white” granite countertops, which has a lot of gray and white in it. Thanks.

    1. If you want to warm it up maybe white with a tiny bit of the yellow in so you don’t end up with a white with darker cast to it

  5. Lisa Giroux says:

    Love your ideas!

  6. Anne Fleming says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas. I had arranged few indoor plants in my kitchen window before. But now we have installed new single slider windows in the kitchen after the house got renovated. And I was looking for new ways to decorate them. So thank you so much for sharing this.

  7. So many great ideas, I think I’m going to need to add more windows in my kitchen hahah! In all seriousness though I love the ideas of shelves to add special sentimental items and some yummy herbs!

  8. Kim I love all these great ideas. I just hund an old church arched window in front of my sink in the kitchen. Love the shelf idea in the first pic too. Great inspiration.

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Kris – That sounds beautiful! Just curious – where did you find the arched window? And I love the shelf idea, too. :)

  9. I would love the awning or the sign in mine. Both would look great!

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Those are both such creative alternatives, aren’t they?! :)

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