20 Beautiful Bay Windows
Certain architectural elements always provide a wow-worthy reaction. Enter bay windows with their compelling appearance, ability to flood rooms with natural light and how they frame a great view.
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Embrace the Scene
Allow your bay windows to be the star of the room. With a stunning view of the water and yacht club, the window design acts as artwork in the space. Minimal furniture and a pared-down color palette don't distract from the vista.
Take Advantage of Sunlight
Greet the day from this sunny breakfast nook. Set off from the kitchen, the bay windows not only pour in ample natural light, but also create a pretty backdrop to the vintage-inspired dining table. Watercolor-inspired botanical valances soften the bay windows with a charming contemporary vibe.
Sit Back in Style
Bay windows provide an extra bump-out of space for making all your own. This light-filled nook in the master bedroom is the perfect spot for a duo of chaise lounges. Encircled by windows topped in contemporary Ikat Roman shades, the seats make for the ultimate relaxation or reading spot.
Mix Up Designs
Blend different styles together to form a contrasting yet connected environment. A bold, contemporary red sofa and bubble-glass chandelier juxtapose against the classic architecture of this Victorian home — a clever combination of time periods.
Curl Up for Illumination
Preppy chic, delicate patterns play a significant role in creating movement and interest throughout this home office. Whether taking a break from the desk chair or looking outside for inspiration, the built-in window seat makes a striking statement. The graphic diamond cushion is paired with pillows in abstract confetti and wood grain-inspired prints.
Slip into Luxury
Plenty of natural light floods the bathtub area of this spa-like bathroom without sacrificing privacy. Windows line the top half of the wall so that you can enjoy the sunshine or night sky while taking a bubble bath far below.
Utilize All the Nooks
Make the most of small kitchen by combining bay windows with a banquette for a space-saving dining solution. Not skimping on luxury, the marble-topped table and vintage-inspired pendant add a decidedly timeless touch to the modern aesthetic.
Layout for Entertaining
Made for hosting a crowd, this sophisticated yet comfortable living space has an expansive conversation area, as well as an extra-long built-in bench by the window. Black-framed window panes amp up the contrast of the monochromatic color palette.
Say Yes to Prints
Combining a myriad of patterns together is no small feat; however, if you stick to a limited color scheme, it's easy to establish a design that looks like a pro had a hand in it. Gray is the central character in this master bedroom that blends snakeskin, geometrics, stripes and abstracts.
Make Use of What You Have
Take advantage of an existing bay window, and turn it into a tiny gathering spot. This sweet area with Danish modern chairs and tripod table is ideal for enjoying a morning cup of coffee, having a chat with a friend or even sitting down to tackle your stack of bills.
Create a Spectacle
A great bay window dramatizes a room, like the picturesque one in this mid-century modern living room. Low-slung, simple furnishings set the scene for a range of soft grays (and pops of bright yellow) to convey a cozy minimalist aesthetic.
Think About Your View
Not all bay windows are oversized and take up a full wall in your room. Here, the architectural detail brings full beauty above the kitchen sink and a restful place to look while washing the dishes.
Lean Into Your Best Features
Elevate your living room design by maximizing the architecture. Tone-on-tone geometric curtains frame the bay windows for privacy and to soften natural light when needed. Opting for an overall neutral color scheme automatically generates a refined surrounding and also allows certain elements, such as the windows and bubble chandelier, to stand out among the rest.
Design With Windows in Mind
Clean and bright, this contemporary-meets-rustic kitchen is designed as a family-friendly hangout. Set in the window-filled nook, a built-in banquette is covered in easy-to-clean fabric (an essential!) and centers around the distressed farmhouse table.
Open Up With Windows
With a waterfront view like this, it'd be shame to put up a solid wall, and fortunately, they didn't. Maximizing most of the wall with windows, a low bench is built in so that family and friends can enjoy the scene no matter the weather. Elegant woodwork detailing takes these windows from ho-hum to a true work of art in the home.
Work With Tactile Appeal
This all-white office maxes out its storage potential with custom-built cabinets that offer plenty of hidden and open organization. Herringbone-laid floors, a shag rug and traditional moldings bring texture and pattern to the sparse color palette, while dark leather chairs add depth and warmth. Simple linen shades dress the bay windows.
Border With Flair
Large metallic art panels flank the floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that lead out to a beautiful balcony overlooking the city. Starting with a soft gray setting, the living room then receives subtle jolts of color through moss green armchairs and light blue pillows. A Murano glass chandelier crowns the room in elegant style.
Take a Seat
Martha's Vineyard was made for sitting by the seascape, whether inside or out. Four cushy armchairs, featuring shades of the sea and sun, turn this den area into a comfy place for watching the world go by.
When in Doubt, Black + White
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. You can't go wrong with black and white. It's chic, crisp and never goes out of style. Here, an on-the-petite-side alcove is surrounded by bay windows and houses a cool reading area, complete with a horseshoe-style chair and graphic side table.
Construct a Retreat
Bay windows offer this bathroom an almost panoramic vista of the waterway. Hidden shades pull down for privacy, and a basin soaker tub is the ultimate in relaxation.