20 Cozy Window Seats That Bring the Outdoors In

Nooks are meant for nestling.

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Chaunte Vaughn

Whether your petite space needs some extra seating or you’re craving a cozy nook, the window seat is a functional solution to many aspects of home design. Top it with a h throw or surround it with a table and chairs–the window seat shines in many ways (and we’re not just talking about the magnificent natural light).

Scroll through 20 window seats for every home and style, where nestling is a necessity.

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Magnus Anesund
Sleeping Loft

In a rustic home on an island outside Stockholm, a bright and airy window seat doubles as a sleeping loft for guests.

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Jane Belles
Converted Summer Camp

In a summer camp cabin turned family retreat, a window seat clad in pale wood contrasts sharply with an arboreal green trim around the windows.

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Amanda Kirkpatrick
Custom Millwork

A cozy nook in this country house family room includes a rustic daybed cushion in a Holland and Sherry fabric, topped with a blanket and pillows in earthy tones. A reading light shines overhead, perfect for snuggling up with a good book.

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Thomas Kuoh
Elongated Window Seat

In a mid-century modern bachelor pad, designer Emilie Munroe adds a spacious window seat that spans the length of the living room's wall.

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Alyssa Rosenheck
Traditional Meets Contemporary

In a home on a quaint island near Seattle, a bathroom's original architecture is embraced with a petite window seat that overlooks the water.

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Courtesy of the Selby
Shades of Pink

In jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth's Los Angeles home, texture and layers envelop the living room with coziness. The window seat is topped with a warm array of pink velvet pillows; a collection of books are stored below.

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Carter Berg
Modern Polka Dots

A thinly striped cushion and polka dot walls come together in this mudroom's window seat, where a modern beach house style unites with traditional vintage charm.

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Angle Eye Photography
Farmhouse Blues

A window seat in a farmhouse mudroom is organized and efficient–an area that is equal parts attractive and functional. Robin's egg blue trim and seating complements the greenery that peeks in from the lush backyard.

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Courtesy of Dering Hall
Manor Stairwell

Sky-high ceilings and oversized windows flood this stairwell with natural light, creating the perfect atmosphere for relaxing on the window seat.

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Alun Callender
Cottage-Style Mudroom

An English cottage's mudroom includes plenty of storage and an elegant window seat–a functional and welcoming area to enter and leave the home from.

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Eric Piasecki
Relaxed Farmhouse

Mixed-width boards in the flooring, walls, and ceiling make for a relaxed sitting area where the window seat is a focal point.

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Jessie Prezza Photography
Beach Motifs

A modern window seat features sea-inspired hues and beachy motifs. The light palette makes for a serene space to relax after a day by the ocean.

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Michael Lee Photography
Victorian Elegance

A reading nook is sheathed in vintage-inspired patterns, which contrasts with the modern window frame and flooring.

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Courtesy of Dering Hall
Dormer Style Window

A circular bedroom's window seat boasts a double curved dormer design, tucked away behind ocean-inspired drapes.

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Chaunte Vaughn
Family Oriented

A family sitting area includes a spacious wooden bench topped with pillows for comfort.

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Alyssa Rosenheck
Elegant and Feminine

A Cape Cod home's existing architecture helped guide the design for this bedroom window seat. Maintaining the palette of pale pinks and brass, designer Raquel Garcia chose a whimsical bird print for the walls, while a brass chandelier hangs overhead.

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Corcoran
Dining Nook

Just off of this home's spacious kitchen, a dining nook merges with a cozy window seat, creating a space to eat and relax simultaneously.

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Durston Saylor
Pink Floral Prints

Turquoise accents and pink floral upholstery create a summery vibe on this window seat, which rests beneath a striking vaulted ceiling.

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Courtesy of Donna Dotan
Elevated Beach House

A bright Bridgehampton summer home is made for entertaining, with a sitting area that includes spacious window seats. Black bamboo Ay Illuminate lanterns and tropical print wallpaper riff off of the broader seaside theme, while crisp white fabric sofas and kelly green leather ottomans offer unexpected contrast.

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Joe D’urso
Antique Zen

In Lori Goldstein's vibrant Tribeca apartment, a yoga room is grounded by a vintage Jacques Adnet daybed, which sits just under the massive window, absorbing the natural light.

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