582 Windows Design Photos And Ideas

Modern windows have the vital task of connecting your home with the outside world. Bringing in air and light, they provide opportunities for contemplation when arranged above a dining nook, or a portal to the natural world when overlooking an oceanside scene. Framed with wood, metal, or vinyl, these inspiring window designs range from skylights to picture windows.

Inspired by a homesteading commune he documented in Western North Carolina, photographer Mike Belleme built the Nook, a minimalist retreat in the woods that draws from both Japanese and Scandinavian design. He foraged much of the wood for the 400-square-foot cabin. "Every kind of wood has a certain mood and personality," he says. The exterior features an entranceway of oak blackened in the traditional Japanese method known as shou sugi ban.
The arches are informed by the original interiors of the house and its era. “The more sweeping curves helped to broaden and open the spaces, as if they never end,” says architect Bronwyn Litera. “They make the rooms feel as large and connected as possible, while reflecting and bouncing the light throughout.” The timber battens express the verticality of the space and draw the eye into the central void.
The “practically maintenance-free” window frames are built of untreated heartwood.
This strategically placed window with an operable opening frames views of the landscape.
The shelter’s standout feature is a vertical, central light well that imbues the space with a refuge-like quality.
"I love the heavy weight of the dark grey container in the bright, white space," says the architect.
The architects look through one of the skylights.
Custom shutters can close off the skylights. "It's like an apparatus. It's more industrial design than architectural design. But it's a very important: It controls the natural light, it controls the temperature," says Vaitsos. "It's central to the actual concept of the house." Adds Loperena, "Yes, because it's the center of the Voronoi."
The overlapping ceilings are covered in white oak floorboards.
Eunnice Eun stands in the double-height living area of the McLean, Virginia, home she shares with her husband, Patrick Kim, and their two children. The expanses of glass echo and update the large windows of the 1961 house they demolished to build this one.
The walls of Casa Ter are made from local clay. The texture of the facade mimics the patina of the time-worn walls of the nearby town.
“The site is incredible,” says architect Benjamin Iborra Wicksteed. “It’s a perfect reflection of the landscape of Baix Empordà, where there’s a constant contrast between the green of the vegetation, and the beige-brown color of the fields and the traditional local architecture.”
“We call the cabin TreeGazer because we are always amazed at how close to the forest we feel inside,” says Diane. “Although it is small, the cabin has big windows, and every view is a close view of trees.”
Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán
Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán
A built-in couch provides an additional perch to enjoy the surroundings.
The interior also features numerous local touches, including a pair of oak Krysset chairs in natural leather by the Norwegian furniture company Eikund.
Inside, wraparound windows provide panoramic views of the fjord and mountains.
From inside, a view of the steel-and-glass framework behind the cement blocks, which ensures light flows through the narrow home. Glass panels open to increase airflow, and an integrated planter fosters foliage.
The vestibule is the entry point, and it also separates the sleeping area of the house from the communal areas.
A circular skylight bathes the staircase in light and views of a changing sky.
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the surrounding landscape.
Stepping into the guesthouse’s hot tub brings the eye to ground level, providing a new vantage on landscape designer Marc Peter Keane’s mix of Japanese greenery and native mosses. “We minimized visual cues from the house so that when you’re experiencing it, you’re not thinking about the building, you’re just in life. The reduction of signals creates tranquility,” says Andrew.
A window in one of the bedrooms frames a view of the garden. The wallpaper is from Superflower, a company run by the couple. It uses Andrew’s images of flowers, which Niki says have a beauty in their “formal and objective” quality, adding depth to traditional patterns.
“It’s the essence of midcentury design to take an economical approach to making something like the open-truss ceiling striking and beautiful,” says designer Brett Halsey.
Another picturesque view outside one of the home's many windows.
Andrea and Alex shortly after construction wrapped in 2019—making the end of a long journey to secure financing on a freelancer's income and design the home they'd imagined.
Slot windows in the thick rammed-earth walls allows natural light to stream in, while still keeping the home nice and cool.
In the bedroom, a vintage Thonet chair sits with a World Market table in front of the new window. Alex added red Shoji-style doors to the closets to honor the home’s "Japanese vibes."
A dramatic, triangular skylight brings in a play of natural light throughout the day.
"The capsule window also reflects in its shape brutalist tendencies [seen in the new facade], but the stained oak timber of its frame reveals a softer approach of the design," explain the architects.
Minimizing both financial and economic waste, the SHED is a flexible dwelling that takes only one day to build or deconstruct. After it is deconstructed, it can be rebuilt in other buildings, filling derelict structures that would remain otherwise vacant. Composed of OSB, lamb’s wool insulation, and recycled polyester, the design is affordable and sustainable.
“There’s a point, about a third of the way up the staircase, where because of the unique shape of the staircase and the placement of the windows, it just directs you to look up,” says Craig. “I realized after living in the house for about six months that I really took notice of the sky and the seasons. That’s been an unintended special moment that wasn’t designed, but is a culmination of a lot of the design work that we put in.”
Free-form clerestory windows fill the rooms with natural light.
A window at the lower level provides a view of the sandstone ledge.
“The transparency plays with the idea of impermanence, as the cabin reflects the shadows of the forest and their movements during the day on its skin,” explains architect Guillermo Acuña.
A second-floor window frames a view of trees in front of the house.
The 1,720-square-foot house requires no mechanical heating or cooling. Passive ventilation techniques, like the slatted doors in the bedroom, take advantage of the town’s famous winds to keep the house cool.