Whilst many houses with period architecture have such windows built in as part of their original design, there’s no reason not to incorporate one in a modern home – either as part of your new build or a way of reclaiming solitude in your existing space.
We took to Pinterest for some inspiration from all over the world…
1. Classic Hamptons
All white with accents of nautical navy blue. Chrome wall sconces provide light for mood or reading.
2. Contemporary chic
An old building reworked anew with a sleek plywood banquet seat built into the original bay window. A mid century 'tulip' style dining table completes the look.
3. White and light
Cool blue upholstery beckons beneath plantation shutters, which control natural light flow and give a sophisticated finish.
4. Style and comfort
This original bay window has been generously upholstered with plush seat cushions and an abundance of coordinated scatter cushions. Bookshelves on either side are styled up for the season.
5. Smooth lines
Minimalism doesn't scrimp on comfort with this recessed window seat offering sweeping views of the countryside beyond. The timber lining reflects the flooring and provides additional texture to the bricked alcove of the glass doors adjacent.
6. Fine lines
Plantation shutters give privacy and filter light into the room. Elegant grey upholstery invites, rather than detracts from the leafy garden setting.
7. Scandi style
Windows are left unadorned in this Scandi-inspired window seat. Textured cushions and a hide rug to cover the bench seat are all that's needed for comfortable relaxation.
8. Dramatic detail
Black window frames are echoed in the curtain rails and dark legs of the twin tub chairs nestled into this bay window. The metal framing of the ottoman draws the two spaces together.
9. Queenslander quiet
Delicate timber fretwork does a fine job of enclosing this window seat to create a private spot, without removing its inhabitant from the indoor space entirely.
10. Mid century magic
This original bay window is integral to the furniture layout of this living room, with the efficient design of the two leathers armchairs allowing for maximum use of space. Potted plants echo their symmetry, flanking a petite built-in bench seat.
11. Modern mindfullness
A great example of how to incorporate a window seat into a contemporary space with a minimum of fuss. Timber lining demarcates the space and ties the indoors to the garden outside.