Nov 18

No View… What to do?

Do you have a frightful view?

Unfortunately, even in the most beautiful of homes, there can be windows that look out at, well, ugliness… like big dirty buildings, smokestacks, falling down fences, blank walls, nosey neighbors, trash cans, dirty cars, air conditioners and more.  You could keep your drapes or blinds closed all of the time to block such an unpleasing view, but really, isn’t that even worse?  What to do?  How about looking for attractive ways to distract the eye from what is beyond the window.

For example:

You could prop art up on the window ledge.  LOVE this!  It pulls the eye towards something attractive and distracts from that “view.”  BEST… it still allows the light in.


A mirror in the window has the same effect.


Open shelves built in front of the window look gorgeous, allow light in, and provide a degree of privacy.

Beautiful shelves surrounding the window distract from that view. (the plant and lamp help too!)

Shelves, filled with plants, built on the deck outside of the window keep us from noticing the building across the way!

Here, plants hang directly on that unattractive wall.  SOOOoo much nicer than when left blank.


Plants sitting in this outdoor space are a lovely sight!


As are these trees placed inside of the room.


If plants are not your thing, how about large, beautiful lamps to distract from what is lurking beyond…!



Leaded or stained glass may be the only solution in some situations.

Leaded glass window



Placing a bed in front of the window is often considered a big NO NO…  I disagree.!  With beautiful bedding, a headboard, draperies,shades or sheers you have a grand focal point.  The view will always be beautiful!

What do you do to create a pretty view?











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Comments on this post

  1. Kate says:

    I have the worst view from my apartment window…I look straight out on to the wall of the neighboring apartment complex (ew!)…

    BUT, I just found a few great pieces of cheap art (all different shapes and sizes of frames), leaned them up against the window and it made such a huge difference!

    Thanks for the tips!

    1. Judy says:

      Glad to help! Send a picture when you have a chance.