226 Windows Picture Window Type 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.
"I love the heavy weight of the dark grey container in the bright, white space," says the architect.
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.
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.
The vestibule is the entry point, and it also separates the sleeping area of the house from the communal areas.
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.
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."
"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.
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 striking windows at back of The Nook were found on Craigslist.  Mike was determined to disturb the surrounding trees and landscape as little as possible during construction.
The stained glass windows "bring that little bit of sprinkling of color into the space, and then everything else is just super high-contrast white," says Rausch.
The concrete bench meets the wood of the built-in media cabinet. The floors are also concrete, poured to match the existing floors in the kitchen.
Glass panels in the hallway frame outdoor views and create an expansive sense of the property.
The recycled blackbutt shiplap will weather over time, revealing a grayish hue as it ages.
“All window openings have reveals formed by the walls folding into them, which increases the light refraction coming into the rooms,” explain the architects.
A large interior window allows light to reach the main living spaces.
Olympia Prairie Home windows
Across from the third-story study room, the master bedroom is furnished with Fritz Hansen PK22 loungers by Poul Kjaerholm and a round, black Marquina mable Ballerina coffee table designed by Nendo for Marsotto Edizioni.
The new dormer acts as a skylight for the living room, and also brings light to the upper level, thanks to a cut-out in the hallway.
The master bedroom features an antique Norwegian bed rebuilt by Strønes Snekkerversksted.
While once not much of a looker, the redone property now boasts a sauna, among other luxurious amenities.
Special moments are integrated throughout the home which provide function for both the parents and kids. Here, a deep window doubles as a reading nook.
Large expanses of glass lead to the deck and panoramic desert views.
Rustic stairs lead to a pair of dormitory-style bedrooms with west-facing windows.
Plants and antique shelving serve as a divide between the check-in area and the rest of the lobby, which includes the dining area of Dóttir, the hotel's restaurant.
Large windows in the upstairs bedrooms create the illusion of being immersed in the treetops. The custom furniture is by Santiago Torres.
"As one moves between levels, a variety of unexpected vantage points and views are revealed," says the firm.
Homes with abundant natural light are optimal for an indoor garden.