While it is still the heart of winter in Chicago, it is never too early to begin thinking about how we want to use and decorate our outdoor spaces come springtime. Even in the most urban of areas, window boxes (placed inside if necessary) can bring the peace and beauty of the outdoors into any space. Window boxes can even be used to dress up plain windows or visually correct the scale of undersized or uneven windows.
Now is the time to begin thinking of the color scheme or plant varieties you want to surround yourself with in the coming warmer months and how you will tie that in with the existing environment. Color combinations like the bright red flowers against the blue and white of the building in the photograph above make a bold statement. You can also use a variety of mixed colors for a more natural look or stick with a specific color scheme that compliments your home and existing landscape.