Enjoy The View: 12 Beautiful Windows To Let The Light In
Design editor Lauren Petroff shares the most breathtaking windows from the H&H archives.
What would a great room be without great bones? Vaulted ceilings, charming archways and other architectural features all contribute to a beautiful backdrop, but for me, it’s all about the windows! While their shape, scale, style, color — and even the way they’re dressed — can define the style of a home, the best thing about them is their ability to brighten a space. Windows bridge the gap between indoors and out, framing the changing landscape and reconnecting us to nature. Get inspired to let the sun shine in with a statement window by checking out some of the most breathtaking ones we’ve featured in H&H.
This room by Brian Gluckstein features the most amazing picture window. One simple, elegant and massive pane of glass beautifully spotlights the garden views and lets light flood the dining area.
Though simple, this small stairwell window delivers big impact. You can almost feel the sea breeze pouring into this Chester, N.S., home, washing over the fresh white-painted stairs, walls and floors.
Taking windows to new heights — literally! — this relaxing conservatory has incredible glass walls and a soaring peaked ceiling, making it an ideal spot to savor the afternoon sun.
Gorgeous french doors function as windows in this sunny living room. Designer Jill Kantelberg flanked them with neutral floor-length drapes, and went with a punchy black curtain rod mounted close to the ceiling to emphasize the space’s height.
A white-painted wood-slat floor and ceiling, rustic furnishings and generous windows come together perfectly in this sunroom, creating an inviting and relaxing environment.
In the second-storey home of an ultra-cool couple (who own an equally cool design shop, Mjölk, just below), large folding doors open up to a small courtyard — a seriously jaw-dropping design move. When pulled shut during the colder seasons, the doors function as floor-to-ceiling windows.
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You can hardly tell that this space is a basement! An immense picture window spans the length of the back wall, allowing a huge amount of light to shine in and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor feel.
Designer James Davie drew the color palette for this home from the surrounding rivers and countryside. He carried the natural scheme throughout the house, right down to the watery blue-painted window mullions.
Thanks to wraparound, floor-to-ceiling windows, this serene principal bedroom enjoys uninterrupted sightlines into the woods, letting the great outdoors do all the talking.
A classic multi-paned window is a lovely detail above this serving area, creating a bright, airy spot to set out appetizers or mix drinks.
These expansive glass walls create a dining space that’s both impressive and inviting. Sheer roman blinds dampen the heat from the midsummer sun, without detracting from the lush natural views.
This window seat is a great design feature, adding comfortable seating and visual interest with its long cushion and vibrant throw pillow. It’s an ideal spot to read or catch a quick nap.