Wrapping seating all the way around this living room—with a break for the beautiful fireplace—instantly makes the space so cozy. It's a nice juxtaposition to the wide, open seascapes framed in by the huge windows.
Here's a trick made popular by New York City designers: if you don't have lots of wall space in your living room
but have a large collection of art, consider hanging pieces directly in front of windows that don't offer great views.
Walls of windows not only fill this beautiful beach house with natural light, but also allow the owners to enjoy ocean views from inside. Meanwhile, the second floor's porch features a glass pane railing to enhance the seamless design.
Along a charcoal gray wall in this modern combined dining room and kitchen, a window in the shape of an isosceles triangle provides plenty of natural lighting and room to display artwork. Below, an oversized wall calendar hangs on a wall with hardwood floors and a wooden table.
This room is all about the view, but in this small beach cottage, every inch counts. Designers decided to go with an extra long sectional (for the sitting space) and a fun hanging chair in the corner. The rest of the floor plan was kept open so that people can be sitting at the many turquoise stools at the island as well as the living space without additional furniture in between. A fun assortment of various sized tables is an uncluttered look.
An antique telescope points to the wall of multi-pane windows in this neutral living room. Layered window treatments, white armchairs and a leather trunk serving as an end table round out the eclectic look.
A custom art piece hangs above a gray and black stone mantel in this stunning, modern living room. A blue velvet couch and purple rug add bold blocks of color that pop against bright white walls. Windows line the walls offering gorgeous panoramic views of Lake Washington and flooding the space with natural light.
Natural wood tones combine with sleek white walls and countertops in this light-filled, modern kitchen. A natural fiber pendant hangs from the sloped, beamed ceiling, bringing an organic, earthy vibe to the space. The design team removed a wall to open the kitchen and reveal the stunning architectural window. White oak cabinets and white Ceaserstone countertops are light and California cool.
In this two-story sitting room, large windows have full-length drapery framing a large, elegant painting of a red dress. A low-hanging, crystal and glass chandelier is above a coffee table, pair of chairs, and ornate white sofa. The chair backs angle the opposite direction of the unique sofa for a complimentary effect, and all are placed on a brown area rug with white detail.
Fun fact: The reason Colonial architecture tends to feature windows with many small “lights” (individual panes) is that the British imposed high import taxes on large pieces of glass sent into the Colonies.
A glass wall blocks off the shower while still keeping the bathroom feeling completely open. Marble stone creates a water safe flooring for the bathing areas and large windows flood the space with natural lighting and great outdoor views.
Raid your yard for pine cones and form them into a decorative hanging cluster. Gather between six and 18 pine cones and tie a ribbon at their tops. Once all ribbon is added, cluster the pine cones together neatly, then tie them all together at the top. Add a chunky ribbon or bow to conceal the tied knot, then hang on a door, in a window or even directly on the wall.
This open-plan kitchen faces a wall of windows, allowing for plenty of natural light. The cool blue-gray of the kitchen island, topped with white marble contrasts the dark hardwood floor and by vintage-inspired hanging light fixtures with warmly colored glass shades. A stainless steel oven and convection oven are built into the white and frosted glass cabinetry, with adjacent open shelving. Through the arched doorway, a bay window is visible.
White two-column balusters guide the wood banister between decorative wood newel posts. Natural light over the pastel sea green walls and white window trim makes for a light space. A subtle stained glass trim on the windows compliments the gorgeous frosted stained glass finish of the singular pendant light hanging above.