How to Set Up Picture-Perfect Window Boxes

Window boxes decorated with flowers and plants

Spring is here, which means it’s time for an end to the cold, grey weather we’ve been seeing so much of lately! Take the opportunity to dress up the exterior of your home by adding a splash of brightness and color with window boxes full of flowers and herbs! Here are a few tips to help you get started:  

Set up your window boxes

It’s important to choose your location and boxes carefully to ensure that your plants will grow to their full potential:

  • Pick windows that receive an appropriate (and equal!) amount of sun or shade, depending on the requirements for the plants that you select.
  • Ensure that the boxes are well-made and securely attached to the side of your house with brackets– they become heavy when filled! 
  • Choose a material that won’t rot or rust when exposed to moisture, and ensure that there are adequate holes for drainage

Pick the right plants

When it comes to selecting plants for your window boxes, remember the three key elements:

  • Thrillers: Standout plants that grab the eye and dictate the rest of the design
  • Spillers: Trailing plants that flow over the edges of the box to soften the look
  • Fillers: Understated plants that fill in blank spaces; can be greens or smaller flowers

Balance these three types of plants to fill your boxes with a mix of interesting visual and textural elements!

Consider your design

Finally, remember some basic principles of design to ensure that your boxes are creative, unique, and pleasing to the eye:

  • Keep it balanced: Your window boxes don’t necessarily have to be identical, but use similar shapes and colors to avoid a look that’s too jarring
  • Play with texture: Use a variety of flowers, greens, and herbs to create movement and contrast and avoid an appearance that’s too uniform
  • Use your surroundings: Keep the colors of your house, yard, and other environmental factors in mind when choosing plants to craft a window box that blends harmoniously with its surroundings

Looking for exterior window treatments that go with your brand new floral boxes? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to set up a consultation today!

Product Highlight: Tableaux Decorative Grilles

tableaux decorative grilles

Does your house have an architectural quirk that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Whether you want it to blend in or make it stand out, we have the perfect solution: decorative grilles from Tableaux! These beautiful pieces can be used in a variety of ways: window treatments, wall and ceiling decor, room dividers, architectural features, and more.

Every grille is custom-made, so you can rest assured that it will fit your home and personal taste seamlessly. Choose from a vast gallery of pre-designed patterns, send in your own, or discuss your preferences with Tableaux and they’ll create one from scratch! The grilles also come in a variety of materials, including:

Faux Iron

Iron-like material offering the look of classic wrought iron without the weight or expense


Recycled wood panels layered with hardwood walnut veneer for a more rustic look


Synthetic wood with a smoother finish; can be painted to appear metal-like


Includes both wood reinforced with metal support or framing and grilles made entirely from steel or aluminum alloy

Each piece is made from sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials and impervious to water, rot, and termites. They’re easy to maintain, too– all you need to do dust or clean them as you see fit!

At ABC we pride ourselves on providing customers with the most extensive selection of window design solutions in Austin, which is why we’re so excited to partner with Tableaux and offer even more amazing design options for your home. Interested in what you’ve seen so far? Give us a call at (512) 459-6561 to schedule your consultation today!