Photo Flip: 85 Window Seats for Whiling Away the Day
Grab a good book and settle in for a spell in one of these amazing window seats
Bryan Anthony March 3, 2016
Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.
A comfortable perch paired with an incredible view can make a window seat an easy place to love. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite window seats, many of them featuring breathtaking vistas. Click the first image to enlarge the photo, then use the right arrow to see the photos in slideshow format. Flip through and tell us which window seat you’d like to while away your day in the most.
1. This window seat with an outlook of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was designed by Mahoney Architects & Interiors. Its base is made out of maple.
2. This window seat with large purple cushions is surrounded by windows on three sides, providing beautiful outlooks onto Newport Beach in Sydney.
3. A plywood base with a veneer edge and hairpin legs makes for a cool contemporary window seat designed by Megan Nordin Designs.
4. This London window seat features Zoffany velvet cushions and a variety of wool tartan pillows.
5. The taupe bench cushion and collection of brown and tan pillows add texture to this contemporary space in Sydney.
6. A boldly striped bench cushion teamed with a collection of pillows in all different styles and patterns makes for a festive window seat in Philadelphia.
7. This window bench with cabinets underneath and bookcases at both ends makes for a nice reading spot in Chicago.
8. This home office loft features painted ceiling beams, arched windows, built-in bookshelves and a custom window seat covered in eclectic pillows.
9. This soothing cream-toned built-in window seat designed by architect Anthony J. Vallee is an ideal spot for a youngster to catch up on some reading.
10. The red and gold fabric on this window seat in Bristol, Vermont, pops against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Henderson Buff.
11. Architect Jon R. Sayler says that this window seat under the stairs was designed around a full size mattress. It provides a great napping spot or an overflow guest bed.
12. Designer Irene Lovett of designstiles says that this window seat with bookshelves on both sides has symmetry and balance. Natural woven shades add an organic feel.
13. Designer Mary Jo Fiorella created this custom window seat to incorporate a drop-down desk on the right side and drawers below the bench, to create a very functional and stylish wall.
14. Different shades of red dominate this sunroom in Philadelphia, including on the striped fabric on the central window seat.
15. This contemporary residence in San Francisco designed by FGY Architects features a custom wall of display cases and a window bench that has some colorful throw pillows piled on to soften the space.
16. Lee Jofa fabrics cover this semicircular window seat with breathtaking ocean views.
17. According to the design firm English Heritage Homes of Texas, this office space has detailing typical of architect Clifford D. Hutsell: a recessed window seat with an arched opening, flanked by arched bookcases and wooden shelves.
18. This stunning San Francisco penthouse bedroom features a window seat with floor-to-ceiling closets on both sides.
19. This Bridgeport, Connecticut, window seat designed by CK Architects includes storage nooks underneath the bench.
20. This window seat in Weekapug, Rhode Island, is located on a large second-floor landing.
21. Even a small galley kitchen can be a great location for a window seat, as shown here in a Boston residence.
22. This handsome window seat created by designer Cory Connor is situated between two bookcases that have a library ladder.
23. A plethora of throw pillows makes this long widow seat an ideal spot to hang out for a leisurely moment or two.
24. The bright orange bench cushion and throw pillows on this window seat pop against the white walls and cabinets in this New England farmhouse.
25. This sleek kitchen has a window seat with built-in cabinets to take advantage of its New York City view.
26. Tucked between two vanities, this bathroom window seat in Portland, Maine, has storage underneath and looks out onto the lush backyard.
27. This second-floor library in Toronto features a wall of bookshelves wrapped around a window that provides a nice perch with a task lamp for reading, with throw pillows for comfort.
28. The designer of this sunken living room in Mumbai, India, cleverly turned the “stairs” leading outdoors into an elongated window bench.
29. A historic renovated stable turned into a home in Pennsylvania features a bedroom window seat tucked between two floor-to-ceiling built-in closets.
30. This built-in window seat in Minneapolis serves as a second sofa in the living room and a cozy spot to catch up on some television.
31. The designer painted the alcove around this stylish window seat in Benjamin Moore’s Wales Green to contrast it with the rest of the room’s all-white walls.
32. This stylish window seat created by K Kong Designs picks up on the orange theme featured on the curtains, area rug and two chairs.
33. Designer Jeffrey King relied heavily on French blue and pops of red leather for this second-floor lounge. The bench cushion on the window seat is almost a perfect match to the color of the walls.
34. An overstuffed bench cushion and assortment of eclectic throw pillows fill this bay window in San Francisco.
35. The team at Ben Heath says this custom window seat has been painted in a color to complement the blinds and to distinguish it from the kitchen cabinets.
36. This office window seat has a bench cushion covered in a fabric in the same color as the walls and two storage nooks underneath with steel bins.
37. This soothing and stylish window seat is built into an alcove that includes bookshelves and sconce lights on both ends.
38. A guesthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts, built by Jonathan Raith includes two window seats covered in a sage green gingham print.
39. This corner window seat in a Berkeley, California, bedroom features a huge outlook of the surrounding region.
40. A stained beadboard ceiling and white built-ins frame this Boston window seat. A pair of lantern-inspired sconces complete the scene.
41. This large window seat in Sea Ranch, California, designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture, includes breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
42. Sadro Design Studio says this kitchen in a historic Seattle home includes a desk and an eating nook, with custom cabinetry hiding the radiator underneath the window seat.
43. The chartreuse paint around the windows allows this window seat alcove to pop in the mostly white space.
44. Designer Wendi Young cleverly used the same fabric for the window seat cushion and the decorative pillows on the bed.
45. This coastal pool house in Virginia features whitewashed walls and a matching window seat with abundant beach charm.
46. This cozy child’s bedroom includes a checkered print window seat between two bookshelves with a collection of children’s books.
47. These two curved window seats styled by Digs Design Co. follow the contours of the arched window above.
48. The architects at Knickerbocker Group designed this long window seat to hug the lines of the bay window with a lovely ocean view.
49. This designer of this mostly white contemporary apartment in London used pops of color, such as the pink pendant light and bold blue window seat cushion, to make a statement.
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