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Interior Designer’s Guide: The Art of Styling a Window Seat

Our editors have curated a bevy of ultra-chic pieces and designer inspiration to bring your well-styled window seat dreams to life.
Gretty Garcia Jul 30, 2020
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When executed correctly, a well-decorated window seat can instantly elevate and impart a sense of cozy utility to any room in your home. Make your abode instantly more inviting with the incorporation of a window seat, where you can tuck away and read a book while immersed in natural light; or, incorporate the design concept into your living or dining room to instantly lend your space more seating versatility to entertain guests. As an added benefit, the most well-done iterations of a window seat are designed with drawers or hidden compartments underneath, which make them a practical solution for rooms that need extra storage space. Below, our editors have curated a bevy of ultra-chic pieces and designer inspiration to bring your well-styled window seat dreams to life.

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Relaxation

Channel comfort and high style by way of color-infused window seat decor that is anchored with a bevy of tonal throw pillows. This look skews vintage charm and will make you want to grab a warm blanket and a book to utilize this comfortable reading setup. The incorporation of small-scale light fixtures that radiate warm light will also serve to further accentuate the rustic aesthetic while simultaneously adding an understated finishing to the area.

As a Storage Bench

If functionality is the name of the game, consider combining your window seat with a storage area. Warm tones and utilitarian-inspired materials like wood anchor this space and lend it a dose of sleek elegance. A long cushion allows for multiple people to sit comfortably in this space, and the shelving unit below makes it easy to quickly access books, accessories, and other items, while adding visual interest to the area.

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As a Library Nook

Combine comfort and luxury by way of this hyper-chic window seat aesthetic, which allows you to grab a book and relish in one of the most simple of life’s pleasures. Set the space up near a shelving unit where you can have your books within reach, add neutral-toned throw pillows, and, if possible, station your window seat near a large window with an unobstructed outside view to give you a sense of escapism without ever having to leave home.

Additional Seating Option

Open up your space for an airy feel that can instantly make your living room feel bigger. The perfect option for entertaining, this window seat uses a large cushion that contrasts against an edit of throw pillows and blankets to allow guests to lounge in comfort and style. The ultra-neutral look is artfully juxtaposed with modern accoutrements like a grid-pattern chair, sleek black stools, and graphic contemporary art.

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In a Dining Area

Channel the look of an ultra-chic Parisienne bistro by incorporating decor elements that blend a bevy of textures and materiality into an inviting window seat composition. Anchored in a design approach that seamlessly blends traditional coziness with a contemporary flair, this aesthetic can be achieved by melding a dark leather window seat with a geometric-inspired table rendered in a stunning combination of wood and marble. The incorporation of floral elements and geometric lighting accents further provide an added sense of levity to artfully balance the heavier design components.

Enscone a View

Everything is better with a view, whether it’s spending time with friends or family or spending some time alone. Consider this window seat the most low-maintenance option to highlight your home’s best view, as it allows the natural light and ambience to take center stage in your home. Add an edit of casual throw pillows and furry accessories to make the space dynamic and inviting for anyone who rests in this cozy area.

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Accessories

Just as important as a statement-making window seat is an edit of accessories to finesse the space with the ultimate finishing touch. It’s relatively easy to amplify this area and tap into a myriad of design aesthetics with a minimal investment in a carefully- curated edit of throw pillows, cushions, lighting and table decor. Consider our editors’ top picks of perfect window seat accessories failsafe options to impart functionality and a sense of high design into this light-infused space.

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Gretty Garcia
Gretty Garcia handles features and special projects at Editorialist, and covers all things from exciting new releases to profiles on prolific figures across multiple industries. After studying at Harvard College, she began working at Editorialist and is now simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. When she’s not covering this season’s must-have accessories, she’s adding to her book collection or listening to culture podcasts.
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