When I was 10 years old my family moved to Houston, and my mother took us along while shopping for new houses. There was one house that my sister and I found particularly inspiring — it was two stories (we'd only ever lived in a one-story house and were enamored with the idea of stairs), and, what was even better, it had a bedroom with a window seat. In the car, all the way back to the hotel, we argued over who was going to get that bedroom. My parents, wisely, decided to buy another house.
I tell this story to illustrate the peculiar power of window seats. This one could've torn my family asunder, had not my parents decided to leave that house to another family, whose children presumably no longer speak to each other. So if you're remodeling, or building a new home, and you decide to add a window seat (and you definitely should), put it in a public area of your home. Or put one in every single bedroom. Or risk having your children hate each other forever.
Above: A strikingly beautiful (and very cozy) space in a London home spotted on Studio Arrc.
Corner window + window seat = THIS. Architecture by Bark Design.
This sunny window-adjacent banqueette is big enough for the whole family. Spotted on The Style Files.
A window seat in a super-modern Australian home, from The Style Files.
That's a beautiful window seat... and a beautiful window, too. Everything is beautiful. Spotted on My Paradissi.
This window seat occupies the oddly angled corner of a city apartment, which I think is kind of genius. Spotted on La Dolce Vita.
Window seats are practically made for reading, so nothing could be more appropriate than having bookshelves close by. Image from Papercity.
The beautiful trim gives this window seat a special elegance. Project by Ensemble Architecture.
A window with a colorful seat, spotted on The Style Files.
This bedroom by London firm Sigmar features a window seat with storage.
If I had a window like this in my house I might never leave. From Barnebys.