For the ultimate in flexibility, consider shades that can be raised and lowered from the top or bottom as needed. “These simple and sleek shades by Kirsch can drop down from the top or raised up from the bottom to allow you to control the view or the sunlight as needed," says the retailer.
Turn a sunny window into a spot for displaying a collection of your favorite kitchen items. Vintage pieces in a similar color palette, like the blue and white items in this window, are especially lovely when grouped together. Kitchen window shelves are also the perfect location for growing light-loving herbs and flowering plants.
The window muntins and sashes are painted Sherwin Williams “Sealskin” — almost black — which draws the eye and frames the view of the woods outside. The deep, stainless steel sink features a Blanco faucet.
A dramatic change in this kitchen's makeover was the rethinking of an awkward partially-vaulted ceiling. The solution? Close in most of the vaulted area and make a barrel vault over the arched window. Dark stained walnut beadboard draws the eye to this unique feature.
In a kitchen with simple style and a mostly white color palette, a splash of pattern can add personality. "Help frame a beautiful view with a valance mounted above the window. This ikat-patterned fabric, Bansuri in Slate, has a rich neutral that adds interest to the solid white cabinets," says the manufacturer.
A small island with a butcher-block top grounds this cottage kitchen. The table under the window, surrounded by a built-in banquette, offers seating and more work area. Milk glass pendants, gold curtains and a brass colander add warmth to the design.