Seasonal Dressing For Stunning Windows

From plump pumpkins in the fall to bright yellow daffodils in the spring - your windows can be a source of inspiration and joy.

The great thing about dressing your windows is that even if you don’t have fantastic views or even much of a windowsill, you can create something you love.

Window dressing doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t need to take long to do either.

You can focus on the seasons you love the most and make those really pop - or dress the window once and maintain it all year through.

Clean them up

Before you start hanging stunning sheer white voile or string of heart plants, the first thing to do is clean.

Windows gather a lot of dirt and dust in the small corners and details.

Warm soapy water and a scrubbing brush should bring your window fittings up clean. It is also a great time to check for any cracks or mold.

If your windows (and even patio doors) are old and drafty, then it’s probably more beneficial to get them replaced by a reputable company like Mr. Rogers Windows.

Replacing old windows saves money on heating bills too!

If it is safe to do so, then take some time to clean the outside of the windows too. So you can make the most of the available light.

Tip: open the window, and clean the inside bit too. They usually store a lot of grime. 


The month you choose to create a pretty window scene might dictate the type of accessories and dressing you use.

Or you may already have a firm household theme and wish to continue that - great!

Seasonally there are some great options:


Light fabric curtains and bamboo roller blinds can help to maximize some of the beautiful spring light. Daffodils, iris, tulips, and pansies all start to blossom around this time - and make a great addition to the windowsill.

If you have space for window boxes, spring is a great time to plant some herb seeds.

You can enjoy a spring scent making its way around your home; if placed by the window, the breeze will move the smell around your home.

Spring scents to enjoy:
  • Blood orange
  • Lilac
  • Cucumber and mint
  • Cotton or Linen
  • Ocean breeze
  • Floral
Note: opts for reed diffusers, scent blocks, or plug-ins instead of candles. Candles by open windows and flowing fabric is a fire hazard. 


The heat of the summertime can be difficult for many. Keeping blinds rolled down on sunshine-facing windows can help reduce the temperatures in the home.

The summertime is some of the best times for heady scented plants like lavender on the windowsill. The warmth of the sun will release the scent with ease. Honeysuckle, sweetpeas, and lilac all smell incredible in the heat too.

Summer scents might differ depending on how you enjoy strong fragrances; here are some great summer options:
  • Pineapple and fruit scents
  • Lilac (the actual plant or scent)
  • Sandalwood
  • Coconut citrus and ambers 
  • Wildflowers
Fall / Autumn

As the leaves fall, this can be some of the most fun times to dress your windows. Since it gets darker earlier in most places, twinkling fairy lights are perfect.

Switching out your light fabric curtains for a thicker will help combat the cold and add some warm luxury to the room.

Autumnal themes usually involve pumpkins, rich red and burnt orange leaves, and spiced scents.

A range of flowers and plants will bloom into the autumn and winter months; one of the most well-known is the amaranthus. Since it’s such a beautiful plant, you might not want anything else!

Gorgeous fall scents:
  • Apples, spices, apples, or apple pie
  • Oak, moss, and woods
  • Masala chai
  • Pears
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and aniseed

Many people struggle in the winter months due to the number of dark hours many of us have.

If you have windowsill space, a SAD lamp or Himalayan salt lamp can help add extra light to your room.

If you didn’t change the curtains to thicker ones in fall, you might want to do so now. The extra layers of fabric can help reduce energy bills and create a cozy atmosphere.

Your amaranthus plant should last much of the winter, but if not, it might be time to buy a beautiful faux holly plant with lightly dusted snow and some sparkle.

For winter scents, you can opt for baked goods, or you may choose something spicy and bright. Here are some of the best scents to use in the winter:
  • Frankincense
  • Pine, woods, forest
  • Citrus like orange 
  • Bergamot and rosemary
  • Christmas cake/cookie 
  • Gingerbread
Your windows, while they can be a small space, can bring so much light and joy to the home - with minimal effort.

If you want to increase your winter coziness, check out 6 Living Room Must-Haves for Extra Coziness.

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