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Topic: No WINDOW behind my kitchen SINK... any ideas on what to put there??  (Read 11522 times)
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« on: February 04, 2008 07:51:42 PM »

I'm just about to get married and just this week we bought an apartment (yaaay!). It is absolutely gorgeous, with an enormous terrace and filled with light. The kitchen has a door and little window that look to the terrace. But the sink is facing the wall.
We are going to install ourselves the kitchen so I have the freedom to do the designing... but I just don't know what to do. In my head there should be a window in front of you when you do the dishes... any ideas on what I could put instead?? thank you!! =)
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 04:26:03 PM »

We had a house like this once. It WAS very odd, and disturbing  Cheesy I agree, sinks need a window, or at least be open to the other areas.  We hung a GINORMOUS monet print in that wall space behind the sink. It was one of his pretty garden prints. I would REALLY recommend framed art prints. That area can get messy and that is easy to wipe clean, cheap, and not a huge loss if it does get ruined by some sink misfortune Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 11:18:50 PM »

How about a mirror?  You could paint the frame, or do tile on it to match whatever color you have in the kitchen.
The advantage of having a mirror is so no one can startle you from behind. (I startle easily)

If you like cafe curtains or a valence you could put that on, too.
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008 12:24:27 AM »

Stick a nail right in the center top of the space. Buy a whole bunch of cheap scenery paintings/photos/artwork and hang one there. Every month switch it out for a new scene.
You could also do what my Nana did. Her sink is set away from the wall, so there's a bit of room between you and the wall there. She put up an open curio shelving display, and on each of the little shelves, she put a little knick-knack. When it got full she'd take one out and put it in her BIG display cabinet or give it to us kids to make room for more! ^__^
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008 12:42:45 PM »

I have a similar problem in my living room, we have big windows BEHIND the couch, but when sitting you stare at a huge open wall. What I plan on doing, is getting an old window frame, and probably painting it in the distressed look. I am personally into nature photography so my boyfriend wants to frame one of my nature photos behind the window to set a "view." And I'll make curtains to match the other curtains in the room as well. If you don't have it, FAKE IT!

I think it's ok that it won't look real, but it will give the illusion of space and a view.
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008 05:32:52 PM »

you could also try a tiffany-style wall hanging... http://www.homedecorators.com/newThumbPage.php?classification=5&typeDefId=5152
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 08:18:47 PM »

I have the same issue. I put up a shelve for my cook books because my largest work space is next to the sink, i like to have them handy. Under the shelf I attached a little bar to hang a towel, I collect old embroidered tea towels, it's a nice place to display them.

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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2008 03:28:46 PM »

i would........ paint my own window, or me being the organization crazy person i am.. i'd put a calendar and my daily task agenda thing. or a dry erase board, or some curtains... or an indoor herb garden...or words of inspiration!

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008 01:58:43 PM »

Heh...all of our apartments have been set up like that.  I actually like it now, I put a clock, a calendar (if I have one for the year), and a pretty glass windchime a friend gifted me with (stuck to the underside of my cabinet).  Very functional, pretty, and if any of it gets dirty (splashed) I can just wipe it down, and not stress.  Four years of design school knocked any idea of faking a window right out of me, but I do like distressed window frames hung on a blank wall as art.  My MIL (same set-up) installed a few hooks, and keeps her pretty dishtowels and trivets in that space.

Finally! you could tile it, if you have, or were wanting, a tiled backsplash.  People sometimes do pretty decorative tiles behind their sink, like behind their stove, if they've got wall instead of window.  (I used to work in a tile store--there are many options, especially if you're willing to do the work yourself!).  Or now they've got those old fashioned stamped metal sheets you can put on a backsplash.  I think Home Depot and Lowes has them.

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2008 02:08:41 PM »

You could hang an old window up back there and either do a glass-on-glass mosaic, paint on the reverse side of the glass, put a photo or some other type of art or even fabric back there, put shutters on each side of it, or even a little window treatment. You could also hang a blind, shutters, or curtains on the wall and keep them closed, as if it was a closed window.

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