The Romantic Yet Practical Feature We All Secretly Want In Our Homes

The Romantic Yet Practical Feature We All Secretly Want In Our Homes

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 13, 2017
(Image credit: Louisa Roeder)

Perhaps because I have never actually had one, window seats are an architectural feature I find especially compelling. They're both romantic and deeply practical, a place to sit and curl up but also a place to stare dreamily out the window while dappled sunlight caresses your features. If that sounds good to you, you'll find plenty to inspire you in these eleven gorgeous window-front perches.

Above, a kitchen may seem like an odd place for a window seat, but I think this little spot from Louisa Roeder looks like the perfect place to perch while chatting with the cook.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Roberts)

Above: This dreamy window seat, part of a townhouse designed by Elizabeth Roberts, is in Brooklyn, but the detailing is so intricate and fanciful that you could almost imagine you're in Tudor England.

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This setup from Inside Out combines two of my favorite things: bookcases and window seats. (Be aware that if you do this, and you choose to make the bookcases the same depth as the window seat, you will wind up with quite deep bookcases, because a typical bookcase is only about a foot deep, and a window seat is much wider.)

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From Refinery29, here's an example of how this could be detailed with the bookcases at a different depth than the window seat. The sloping roof of this attic room makes this window seat especially cozy.

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This isn't your typical window seat — it's actually a custom-made sofa positioned in front of a curved window wall — but I love it so much I couldn't resist including it. It's part of a Barcelona home from Lonny that is definitely work checking out.

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This window seat, spotted on Bolig, turns a sun porch into a second living room, perfect for well-lit conversations.

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The position of the window at the side of the seat gives this built-in couch from Lonny a moody allure.

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This little seat from Style at Home is cleverly tucked under a small gable — definitely the perfect place to curl up with a book on a rainy day.

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This window seat from Design*Sponge has plenty of room for friends. (It's also, interestingly enough, in a kitchen — it's the main seating area for this petite 370 square foot apartment.

The curved window makes this modern window seat from Luigi Rosselli Architects as lovely and elegant as it is cozy.

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If your house doesn't already have a window seat, you can create one (or at least, a pretty good approximation of one) without having to remodel. In their Toronto apartment, Annie, Emma, and Francesca created a DIY window seat by placing an upholstered bench between two bookcases. It's a lovely focal point for their living room, a great way to provide a little extra seating, and also a perfect spot for reading and daydreaming.

Looking for more window seat inspiration? Find it here.

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