Decorating a window sill can be tricky, as they can be so small and awkward in their size. However, window sills can add so much charm to a room when done right. Today, I’m sharing 5 easy window sill decorating ideas that I use for decorating a large window sill, one that is in our dining room at our Coastal Maine Home.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

Window sill Decorating Ideas

Tip #1 Candles

I love tapered candles for the window sill. Here, I use a small and subtle pewter candleholder from my mother’s pewter collection with a red tapered candle. It rests upon a vintage “American Pewter” book, which adds height and a cozy charm.

Next, I added two taller pewter candlesticks with red tapered candles to the other end of the window sill. You will see how the different heights of the candles draw the eye in.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

Tip #2 Pictures

Photos are always special and personal to a home, and there’s no better place to showcase them than on a window sill. Again, I added a vintage photo of my parents when they were young on a local beach. It’s one of my absolute favorites!

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill
5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

Tip #3 Books

Collections of books scattered not only on bookshelves but window sills too are great fillers of space. It’s just like having a coffee table book! Depending upon the room, collect books that are appropriate for that room. This is a dining room; therefore, I look for books that may be pulled off the window sill anytime as a conversation piece after dining.

books on the windowsill

These antique books were all collected by my mother.

You may also enjoy these 11 Creative Ideas to Display Your Vintage Collections post.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

Tip #4 Antique or Vintage Collections

Here, I chose a beautiful white porcelain tea set that was also thrifted by my mother. It’s perfect for a dining room. And I like the simplicity of the white. The windows and view should always remain the focal point; therefore, I don’t want to add pieces that are just too heavy for this space.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

A simple pewter carrousel with glassware also rests on the window sill—another beautiful vintage piece from my mother’s extensive pewter collection. Check out my featured blog series, In My Mother’s Maine Home, to see more of all the antique collections and makeovers in this dear inherited home.

A vase of flowers on a windowsil

Tip #5 Flowers

Flowers add life to a room. I once read that you should have something alive in every room. And I love that! A quick trip to Trader Joe’s, and I was able to add a dozen white tulips and greenery to the window sill for that alive outdoor look. Even though it’s February and the snow is still falling outside.

You may also enjoy How to Repurpose an Oil Lamp into a Unique Flowers Vase post.

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

I created this in the early morning with a cup of coffee in my favorite thrifted lobster mug. It was so dreamy to decorate, as the morning sun was coming up and glistening off the winter snow outside, and the light was streaming through the dining room windows so beautifully!

dining room table and windowsill

I was also creating a spring tablescape with my mother’s antique china this same morning that I’m looking forward to sharing with you very soon!

5 Easy Ways to Decorate a Windowsill

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed visiting our Home in Coastal Maine with us today.

Be sure also to check out our Home in Vermont, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

5 Easy Windowsill Decorating Ideas.

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  1. Your tulip arrangements are gorgeous. Your vases are exquisite.. You are an artist with such grace. A breath of fresh air. Beautiful

    1. That’s so kind of you to say, thank you!

  2. Susan Mogensen says:

    Hi Ann,
    I love the way you decorated with the white tulips!
    The greenery is eye catching, especially the tall stems that look like large coins. Wondering if they are real? I have used leaf fabric pieces with real flowers on occasion.
    Love your posts…

    1. Thanks, Susan the tulips are real from Trader Joe’s! Thanks so much for always stopping by!