I often say that there isn’t much more that I need in a room than a good set of windows. While it is totally justified to be a night owl or a person who prefers to do their thing in dark rooms with blackout curtains, I personally prefer to take a nap in a sunny window, to have a good cry while rain pours down the window pane, and to be the naked neighbor with open curtains that everybody avoids eye contact with.
There ain’t nothing that a little sunshine can’t fix, and the bigger your windows, the more sunshine you get! There is a very specific type of relaxation and comfort that comes with large windows while you’re inside – it’s like you get to experience the serenity of being outside but without the bugs.
So, for the love of windows, enjoy this beautiful collection of living rooms with large windows as their main feature. While not everyone is going to have windows as big as they want them to be (I personally wish my entire house was a solarium), there’s nothing wrong with just lookin’ at em.
1. The A-Frame Escape Home
Floors & Walls: This bohemian dream living room would make anyone sitting in it very happy. This gorgeous A-frame room is set right on the water, creating an indescribable feeling of calm and serenity. If you rented an Air BnB and you walked into this, you’d probably cry tears of joy.
This stunning space starts with light gray colored tiles and charcoal walls. The roof reveals exposed wooden beams and grass mats between them. Floor-to-ceiling windows are found in every direction, which seems more than necessary with a view like that. And did you see that really neat fireplace with a copper chimney?
Furniture: While so much of this room is rather extravagant, it’s nice to see furniture that is on the more modest side of things. A simple white sectional sofa is matched with a smaller purple sofa, and the coffee table is neatly comprised of a cute collection of little colorful stools! What a clever idea!
Decor: This beautiful room is made very inviting because of its decor. Light-patterned throw pillows adorn the sectional sofa, while darker and textured throws adorn the smaller purple couch. Statement light fixtures are a great choice with this much ceiling space, and framed prints on the wall bring that touch of personality.
2. The Simple Dimple Living Room
Floors & Walls: We’re really switching gears with this very modern and minimal living room space. While the room doesn’t feel totally lived in yet, you can appreciate the museum-like feel that it provides in its blankness.
This striking interior design starts with soft light gray floors and white walls that all meet in a vaulted ceiling with one wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The most interesting feature is this wildly modern hovering fireplace that both looks like it belongs in a spaceship and is a spaceship.
Furniture: There’s something about an open space with minimal furniture that really just makes me want to sit on the floor (lol). While I can appreciate the brown sofa and matching lounge chair with wonderfully deep seats and low backs (very MCM), I despise the contemporary red leather accent chair. Sorry, not sorry.
Decor: The only decoration we get in this room is a couple of potted succulents, which is nice because it allows you to imagine what you would do with the space! I would personally add a huge furry rug in a cream color for some texture, I’d replace the red leather chair with a rocking chair, and I’d put a huge oil painting on the wall. Also, any room with windows this big demands big plants!
3. The Fancy Beach House Living Room
Floors & Walls: Imagine waking up in this living room every morning! This superbly bright open-concept room contains both the dining space and the sitting room, which are both using dark and light elements to journey you through the space.
It all starts with limestone tiling and lower white walls, but the main wall is entirely floor-to-ceiling windows. This reveals a balcony extending the entire unit length, featuring its own lounging area.
Furniture: This simple living room is elegantly furnished, with a living room set of matching dark blue leather sofas – one a sectional, the other a two-seater. These sofas are particularly appealing because of their deep seats and low backs, giving them a midcentury modern feel. A simple metal framed coffee table with a wooden top sits in between them.
Decor: We have some rather interesting decorations in this space, with eccentric throw pillows, an artsy floor lamp, and some statement statues. Who has not just one but two statues?! I think I’m lower class.
4. The Observatory Living Room
Floors & Walls: There is not a single fault in this room other than it’s not mine. This gorgeously huge and open room contains both the living room and the dining room, with enormous wooden foundation beams separating the rooms. Beautiful sand-colored wooden floors and white window framing keep the room feeling bright and airy, while the brick accent wall and wooden beams provide the grounding aspect.
Furniture: I love the simplicity of this living room set. A heavenly-looking sectional sofa and matching ottoman with light gray upholstery is the perfect place to lounge after a long day, while the lounge chairs have that director’s style that I love. It all looks so well together, even the sweet little accent tables!
Decor: I think that the home decor in this room is so clever. Beautifully textured but lightly colored blankets and throws keep everything nice and airy, while a glorious painting featuring abstract shapes and striking colors is the only feature in the room this bold. I love the combination.
5. The Oceanside Living Room
Floors & Walls: For those of you who are into the more modern and stylish living room ideas, this one is for you. This living space is a take on the sunken living room concept from the ’60s, where the main area would be sunken into the ground while the rest of the space is elevated.
This is cleverly achieved by having a built-in credenza match the level of the steps towards the office space. Light gray floors further accentuate the sunken feeling, while white walls keep everything clean and modern. Black window framing is always a nice contrast with this color scheme.
Furniture: Super low-set furniture is always a good idea when everything else in the room is lower set, especially the ceiling. Gorgeous white leather sofas sit in the corner with a low coffee table in black and white. Come to think of it, the only stitch of color in this room comes from the ornamental grass!
Decor: While the space is currently sporting that super minimal style, it can also act as a blank canvas to turn it into something else with decoration! You could liven up this room with a super colorful shaggy rug, a huge collection of plants scattered all throughout the room, stacks of books and records, and maybe some nice tapestries on the walls. The world is your oyster!
6. The Atrium Living Room
Floors & Walls: This interior design is a bit of a shock because of its beauty. The large living room space is so superbly decorated and designed, in my opinion, that it almost feels like I’ve died and gone to heaven. This stunning room starts with antique hardwood floors that lead us toward remarkably tall ceilings. The walls are comprised of crown molded framing painted in taupe, while the lower windows themselves are each a set of French doors leading you to the beautiful lawn outside.
Furniture: Low-set furniture works wonders here, even where it is not needed. Usually, lower-set furniture is good to use in rooms with lower ceilings, but clearly, this place doesn’t have that problem. The plush sofas have wonderfully deep seats and low backs, complete with marshmallow-soft back pillows.
All of the extra furniture is made of wood. A wooden bench with metal framing to match the little coffee tables, a huge live-edge dining table, and various accent tables scattered about the room. Just heavenly from head to toe.
Decor: With design and furniture so absurdly gorgeous, you really don’t need much in terms of decoration. I find that this huge and fuzzy cream area rug does an impeccable job of inviting you in while subdued, but still, interesting lamps are doing exactly what they need to be doing.
7. The Treehouse Living Room
Floors & Walls: While I personally believe that this carpet should be lit on fire and sent into space, you really can’t deny how special this room is at its core. Incredibly high vaulted ceilings reveal the foundation of the room, with exposed beams running all throughout.
An enormous stone feature holds the fireplace, while the home’s back wall is floor-to-ceiling windows. My favorite part is the sweet little mezzanine hallway that runs across the window wall, turning the space into a little observatory area.
Furniture: Again, this furniture should be burned.
Decor: Same as the fake plant in the periphery of this shot.
8. The Midcentury Modern Weird Room
Floors & Walls: While this feels a bit more like a fancy waiting room, it could be arranged in such a way that it could become a rather remarkable living room. It’s got the bones for it! This beautiful room starts with sand-colored hardwood floors and white walls, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the front door. I honestly adore the little offset black tiles set right in front of the door but nowhere else.
Furniture: This super stylish room is complete with strangely angled leather chairs with a sleek black credenza in between them. The more I look at it, the more I think that this is a waiting room. Or maybe it’s a foyer! Either way, it’s cool.
Decor: I think the decoration in this room is very cool. Complete with (I just noticed the umbrella holder; this is 100% a waiting room) an abstract rug, a huge and fantastic cactus in the corner, and a sweet and strange hanging light fixture, this room will surely make you feel like you are not cool enough to be in it.
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9. The Rounded Living Room
Floors & Walls: If the previous room made you feel like you shouldn’t stay for very long, then this one should make you feel like you should stay forever. This beautiful room kind of makes you stand in awe for a bit but then nestles you into its rounded edges.
Warmly stained hardwood floors adorn the floors, while amazingly tall ceilings feature a gorgeous arched set of windows with a series of three French doors.
Furniture: Sometimes it can get tiring seeing so many rooms and so many pieces of furniture with squared edges. The more society develops, the more we get stuck on making sure things fit perfectly and we space save, meaning that so much of what we surround ourselves with has hard corners.
That’s why it’s so nice to see rooms that use curves and rounded shapes. I think it’s important to play around with what we surround ourselves with, so it’s nice to see a beautiful half-circle sofa in a lovely camel color.
Matching lounge chairs in a rust color also have interesting shapes to them. These furniture pieces with the arched windows and arches of the built-in shelving units help contribute to making this room feel very unique.
Decor: This room is decorated in a rather charming way with uniquely shaped lamps, large plants, and tons of beautiful ceramic vases.
10. The Relaxing Lounge Room
Floors & Walls: This comfortable open space really feels like a vacation home, though it could very likely be someone’s all-year space. This gorgeous room starts with light hardwood floors, cream-colored walls and high ceilings, and gorgeously framed floor-to-ceiling windows.
Furniture: I think part of what makes this room so special is the neat room divider. It acts both as a way to separate a large space, and it incorporates a fireplace, shelving unit, and overall a lovely thing to look at.
A brown leather sofa with tons of back pillows faces the fireplace, with a beautiful low-set circular coffee table situated between eccentric living room features.
Decor: I do appreciate three-dimensional artwork, as so much of life is two-dimensional. Figurines like the elephant remind me so much of how my mother liked to decorate growing up. Various statues and ceramics sit around the room, I just wish there were more plants in this room!
11. The Dream Vacation Living Room
Floors & Walls: This is a rather impressive room, no matter who you are. This incredible living room almost feels like it’s outdoors with the huge window wall with a retractable wall feature. This extravagant space features dark gray tiled floors, wooden ceilings, and a cement fireplace feature that also somehow acts as a wall.
Furniture: This living room is just perfect for hosting. The living room set features three matching sofas, all made from glorious white leather. Whether it’s a sectional or a love seat, all of these couches have splendidly deep seating and low backs. A low-set, square coffee table sits in the center of it all.
Decor: This room is decorated with much other than some subtly colored throw pillows and blankets. The room is so extravagant on its own that it doesn’t need anything extra, and with a view like that, chances are that you’re probably not looking at anything else anyway.
12. The Big Living Room
Floors & Walls: I think a pretty rowdy party could be had in this room. This vast and open space probably reverberates sound in an exceptional way, making it the perfect entertainment room – whether you’re listening to a record, someone playing that grand piano, or you just want to sit alone with your thoughts.
This room starts with light wooden floors arranged diagonally, pale yellow walls, a cement fireplace facade, and floor-to-ceiling windows with white window framing. An exceptional amount of light is let into this room.
Furniture: The sitting room space of this room is identified with a dark gray area rug and a set of sofas featuring unique shapes. The foundation is made from rounded dark gray leather, while the backs have slanted and rounded red leather cushions. A clear, boomerang-shaped coffee table sits in between them.
Decor: Finally, a room that is actually being utilized for its access to sunlight! I love the minimalism of this room: we have nothing but huge and happy plants and big printed and framed photographs on the wall. Simply stunning.
13. The L Shaped Room
Floors & Walls: I love the simplicity of this space. I love it when giant spaces are broken up by the cleverness of how furniture is placed, and this is such a good representation of that! This beautiful room begins with very lightly colored hardwood floors and walls to match. I think that using black framing around the windows is a very elegant way to modernize a space like this.
Furniture: One day, I’ll have a home that can fit a giant L-shaped sofa like this, but until then, I will just admire it from afar. This L-shaped sofa is upholstered with very cozy gray fabric and plush-looking back cushions. A wooden coffee table sits in front of two matching dark gray accent chairs, while a desk is backed up against the back of the sofa to act as another surface for drinks or books or what have you.
Decor: I think it’s so clever that the majority of the extra features in the room are sleek and black. We see this with the various light fixtures and candle holders and even with the pots! It makes the room feel very cohesive.
14. The Museum Living Room
Floors & Walls: We’ve seen another room that looks very similar to this one, but this one feels slightly more on the dramatic side. This contemporary relaxation room starts with light tan tiles, charcoal walls, and window framing. An enormous wooden sliding door feature can be moved to reveal yet another wall of windows. Spectacular.
Furniture: This low-set lounge is complete with matching white leather sofas and a lounge chair. I especially love the super low-to-the-ground coffee table in shining white and taupe.
Decor: The simplicity in this room is so superbly elegant. Hanging globe lights add some fun shapes and texture, while the shaggy rug gives a really surprising feeling of welcome. My personal favorite feature is the fact that there is a square of earth from which huge and happy green plants can grow right in the in-between space of the room.
15. The Terrarium Living Room
Floors & Walls: I think this is my favorite living room with big windows in the entire collection. The reason why I called it the terrarium room is that it’s so bright and airy it feels like the room itself is a giant terrarium for humans.
This gorgeous space starts with sand-colored hardwood floors and white walls, with really gorgeously framed floor-to-ceiling windows. With spaces like these, I find that leaving exposed foundational beams like this provides a really lovely rustic and grounding element.
Furniture: Very stylish furniture sits in this room, with a wonderfully plush-looking sectional sofa, some equally comfortable-looking lounge chairs in ivory, and a stylish credenza with black siding and pearly drawers and cabinets.
Decor: This perfect room is perfectly decorated with warmly toned throw pillows and blankets, cute little accent tables with varying materials, and happy potted plants. I just can’t get over the view outside!
16. The Antique Chic Living Room
Floors & Walls: I love the marriage of the old with the new in this relatively small living room. The interior designer favors darker tones than we’re used to seeing, but because so much of the space is a window, you don’t run too much of a risk of the room becoming too dark.
This all starts with dark brown tiles and earthy deep green walls (a combination I love). White ceilings help make the room feel low but still airy, while the frameless window wall makes the space feel expansive and bright.
Furniture: I am a sucker for vintage anything, so it’s really lovely to see so many antique pieces in this room. The main feature is this gorgeous brown leather Chesterfield sofa, with a glass-top coffee table sitting in front of it. This elegant credenza with rounded edges is quite the statement piece, while the huge armoire in the back has definitely lived an interesting life. And did you see the cute idea of using vintage trunks as little shelving units?
Decor: Each piece of furniture is so interesting all on its own that not much extra is needed for the room to feel complete. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have cute little vases and lamps around for some ambiance and play with shape.
17. The Cityscape Loft Living Room
Floors & Walls: This is another splendid example of combining the new with the old to create something both fresh and timeless. It’s incredible that interiors can do this! They can be so many things at once!
This industrial-inspired loft space starts with gorgeous shined concrete floors and distressed white brick walls that have probably looked that way for decades. An incredibly tall ceiling allows for floor-to-ceiling windows (though those do not look double pane, I am sure it’s awful in the winter, but by god, they look amazing).
Furniture: I love a mishmash of furniture, and we get that here with a gorgeous warm brown Chesterfield sofa, a pale blue lounging chair, and a soft white lounger. A clear glass coffee table in the middle does a great job of providing a wide surface, but it doesn’t block off the space since the glass is clear.
Decor: This sweet little space is decorated with eccentricities like a headless wooden statue, an elegant table lamp, a bowl of moss (how is that even possible???), and various throw pillows to tie it all together. I adore the addition of the Persian rug to add some pattern and color.
This beautiful living room design was provided by Murdock Solon Architects.
18. The High Fidelity Living Room
Floors & Walls: We’re finishing off this collection with a room that is particularly stylish and elegant. This beautifully open living room space starts with shined cement floors and white walls, a white brick fireplace and black framed windows extending across the entire wall. I think those are sliding doors, allowing you to gain full access to the gorgeous greenery outside.
Furniture: Very simple furniture has gone into this space to ensure that nothing impedes your view of the gorgeous backyard. Soft gray sofas with metal framing match the black leather accent chairs very nicely, while a raw edge coffee table in the center provides a rustic flare. Though I personally would have chosen something a little bit larger since the space is so generously sized!
Decor: While the room isn’t currently decorated, I think it would look gorgeous with some huge potted trees, a fuzzy textured rug in a bright or warm color, and some hanging lights around the room would really make this into something extraordinary.
This gorgeous living room design comes from Rose-Leigh Design.