Living Room Window Ideas - All Things Snug

There isn’t much to say so I’ll keep this simple, an image for each idea, a short description, and what living rooms would best fit each living room window idea.

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Skylights | Image Credit: Ryunosuke Kikuno

1. Skylights

Skylights are windows that are placed in the roof or ceiling of a building to allow light to flood the room. They also allow for beautiful sky views from within.

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Living rooms that would do well with skylights are:

  • Living rooms with limited wall spaces,
  • Living rooms lacking that airy and open feel,
  • Living rooms with low ceilings – help create the illusion of higher ceilings,
  • Living rooms with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, or unique rooflines – help highlight these features,
  • Living rooms with indoor plants or gardens – help the plants thrive by providing the needed natural light,
  • Living rooms with views of mountains, trees on hills, or any high-level views.
  • Living rooms in eco-friendly homes,
  • Living rooms with modern aesthetic.
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Arched Windows | Image Credit: Imani Bahati

2. Arched Windows:

Arched windows have a curved rounded top. They’re often known as Gothic windows and are found more in historical buildings. Just so you know, these are more difficult to install since they’ll need special framing and trimming.

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Living rooms that would do well with arched windows are:

  • Living rooms with classic or traditional styles,
  • Living rooms with bland exteriors,
  • Living room with beautiful views – mountains, water bodies, gardens, etc.,
  • Living rooms with high ceilings,
  • Living rooms with Tuscan or Mediterranean style,
  • Living rooms with stone fireplaces, exposed brick walls, or unique architectural touches,
  • Western living room styles.
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Sliding Windows | Image Credit: Scott Webb

3. Sliding Windows:

These windows slide horizontally, making them great for rooms with limited space.

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Sliding windows would be a general improvement in:

  • Living rooms with minimalist or contemporary style,
  • Living rooms with patios, balconies or decks,
  • Living rooms with stunning views,
  • Living rooms with modern or minimalist style.
  • Small living rooms – helps maximize furniture placements and space,
  • Living rooms with little ventilation.
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Picture Windows | Image Credit: Ozan Oztaskiran

4. Picture Windows:

The name picture windows may sound confusing, is it a window the size of the average picture or what?

Well, picture windows are simply large fixed windows that do not open, think of it as a clear glass on the wall offering you a nice view and plenty of natural light.

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Picture windows do not work in every living room, some living rooms where picture windows would be an upgrade are:

  • Living rooms with scenic views like gardens, ponds, lakes, hills, mountains, etc.,
  • Living rooms with panoramic views, here’s the difference between scene views and panoramic views.
  • Living rooms that need more natural light,
  • Living rooms with high ceilings,
  • Living rooms with minimalist design,
  • Living rooms with limited wall space,
  • Living rooms with a Western feel.
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Stained Glass Window | Image Credit: Daniel Mccullough

5. Stained Glass Windows:

No no, it's not glass that’s stained, think of the windows you see in catholic churches or mosques. Stained glass windows are windows that are made of colored glass pieces, the pieces can be arranged into a picture or design.

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Stained glass windows would look good in:

  • Living rooms with bohemian or eclectic style,
  • Living rooms owned by artists – the patterns on the window create beautiful effects when light shines through them,
  • Traditional living rooms – better when paired with dark wood furniture, antique rugs, and warm lighting, some assassin creeds vibe eh?
  • Living rooms with modern and minimalist styles,
  • Living rooms with privacy issues – these windows offer more privacy while letting the light in, making them perfect for living rooms facing busy streets or close neighbors.
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Awning Windows | Image Credit: Vincent Peters

6. Awning Windows:

These are windows that open outwards from the bottom with a push, like a casement window.

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They’re good for;

  • Living rooms with a rustic or farmhouse style,
  • Living rooms with limited opening spaces,
  • Living rooms with poor ventilation,
  • Living rooms that need easy cleaning and maintenance,
  • Living rooms with balcony access,
  • Living rooms with angled walls,
  • Budget living rooms – awning windows are more affordable than picture windows and skylights.
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Bay Windows | Image Credit: Noora Kuisma

7. Bay Windows:

These are windows that stick out from the corner of a building, they usually have three sides and create a wraparound effect.

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Bay windows can be an upgrade in the following types of living rooms:

  • Living rooms with modern or industrial style,
  • Living rooms with multi-functional layout,
  • Living rooms with indoor plants,
  • Living rooms with reading nooks,
  • Living rooms in a busy city corner, especially on higher floors to provide a dynamic view of the busy city life,
  • Living rooms with a panoramic view of the sea or ocean,
  • Living rooms with a patio,
  • Living rooms with a fireplace,
  • Living rooms with limited wall space.
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French Window | Image Credit: Beazy

8. French Windows:

These windows open inward or outwards from the middle, like French doors.

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Living rooms that would do well with French windows are:

  • Living rooms with a garden view,
  • Dark or cramped living rooms,
  • Living rooms with outdoor entertainment areas like BBQ yard, outdoor patio, etc.,
  • Living rooms with a romantic setup,
  • Living rooms in countryside houses.
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Transom Windows | Image Credit: Yelena Odintsova

9. Transom Windows:

These windows are placed above doors or other windows, they create the illusion of height and dimension.

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Transom windows would be a beautiful addition to:

  • Dark living rooms,
  • Cramped living rooms,
  • Living rooms with privacy concerns – by having windows high up, you can let it light without sacrificing your privacy,
  • Living rooms with poor ventilation,
  • Living rooms with high ceilings,
  • Living rooms with limited wall space,
  • Living rooms with a fireplace.
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Garden Window | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

10. Garden Windows:

These windows project outwards from the wall, creating something like a miniature greenhouse or plant shelf. They’re mostly used in the kitchen, but they also make nice living room windows.

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You can use garden windows in the following living room scenarios:

  • Living rooms with a natural or tropical style,
  • Living rooms with little greenery,
  • Living rooms with awkward nooks,
  • Living rooms with poor ventilation,
  • Living rooms with a panoramic view,
  • Living rooms with limited outdoor space for your garden,
  • Living rooms with a snug reading nook,
  • Eco-friendly living rooms,
  • Living rooms with limited natural light,
  • Airy living rooms.
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Picture Windows With Built-in Bench | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

11. Picture Windows With A Built-In Bench:

Since I previously explained what a picture window looks like, this should be easier to understand, just imagine a much larger picture window that goes from the floor to the ceiling, with a cozy bench beneath it or around it. It makes a pretty snug seating area.

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These windows would make beautiful additions in:

  • Living rooms with beautiful views,
  • Compact living rooms to maximize space,
  • Living rooms lacking a reading nook – this window can be used as a cozy reading nook,
  • Bright and airy living room,
  • Living room with limited storage – the bench can double as a storage solution, just fix some hidden compartments in there 😉
  • Living room with limited seating.
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Arched Windows With Window Box | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

12. Arched Window With Window Box:

We already discussed arched windows earlier, but just in case you missed it, arched windows are windows with curved tops like a semicircle, now attach a planter or shelf to that, and Voila! You have an arched window with a window box for plants, books, or decorations.

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These would fit in nicely in:

  • Living rooms in old homes with a bit of history,
  • Living rooms with limited outdoor space,
  • Living rooms with privacy concerns – if you use tall plants in your window boxes 😉
  • Living rooms needing that pop of color,
  • Living rooms with a Mediterranean vibe.
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Circular Window With Mosaic Design | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

13. Circular Window With Mosaic Design:

While this may sound like a circular stained glass window, the difference lies in the fact that circular windows with mosaic design are made by gluing pieces or stained glass onto a stained glass, with additions such as stone, ceramic, seashells, or other materials unlike stained glass windows which are basically just that… stained or colored glass.

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Also, you may find it useful to know that windows with mosaic design are easier and cheaper to make than stained glass windows, of course, the latter has its fine points too, being more durable and having finer details.

Now, on to the more interesting part, circular windows with mosaic design can be added to:

  • Living rooms lacking a focal point,
  • Living rooms in homes owned by artists,
  • Living rooms with a touch of culture,
  • Living rooms with limited wall space,
  • Living rooms with limited light,
  • Living rooms with privacy issues,
  • Modern living rooms,
  • Living rooms with Moroccan style,
  • Living rooms lacking personalization.
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Corner Bay Window With Window Set | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

14. Bay Windows With Window Set:

This may be a bit confusing but think of it as a group of windows at the corner of your room or building, made up of 3 different window types that make up a bay for example, you can use a large center picture window and two sliding windows (could be same type of windows too, but where’s the fun in that?).

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This would be a nice addition to:

  • Living rooms with panoramic views,
  • Living rooms with limited seating area,
  • Living rooms with limited floor space,
  • Living rooms with a fireplace,
  • Small living rooms – to maximize space and light,
  • Living rooms with a terrace or balcony,
  • Contemporary living rooms.
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Floor-to-ceiling Picture Windows | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

15. Floor-To-Ceiling Picture Windows:

These large windows go from the floor to the ceiling, with no dividers, and no built-in bench, just one large pane of glass between the floor and ceiling. Sounds boring right? No?

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Well, these windows make beautiful additions in:

  • Living rooms with scenic views,
  • Living rooms with abundant natural light,
  • Minimalist living rooms,
  • Living rooms with high ceilings,
  • Smaller living rooms – helps maximize space,
  • Modern living rooms,
  • Living rooms without a focal point,
  • Luxury living rooms.
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Stained Glass Transom Windows | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

16. Stained Glass Transom Windows:

We already discussed transom windows earlier (the windows above doors or other windows - in case you missed it), stained glass transom windows are just transom windows decorated with stained glass, nothing too complicated.

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They can go anywhere transom windows go, like:

  • Living rooms of grand old houses,
  • Living rooms with privacy concerns,
  • Living rooms with limited natural light,
  • High-ceiling living rooms.

As well as living rooms where stained-glass windows fit, like:

  • Living rooms needing a pop of color,
  • Living rooms with specific themes,
  • Living rooms with artistic touch or owners.
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Clerestory Windows | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

17. Clerestory Windows:

These windows are a bit difficult to describe, but for you, I’ll do what I can. These windows are basically narrow, horizontal windows placed below, or along the ceiling.

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5 things to know about clerestory are; 

  • They’re often above eye level,
  • They’re placed close to the ceiling,
  • They often come as a row of windows,
  • They may be arched or rectangular,
  • They’re narrow and elongated,
  • They sometimes have a row of smaller windows beside them.

They’re great additions for:

  • North-facing living rooms,
  • Dark living rooms,
  • Spacious living rooms with high ceilings,
  • Living rooms with an artistic touch,
  • Multi-story living rooms,
  • Energy-efficient living rooms,
  • Living rooms with complex rooflines,
  • Living rooms with limited wall space,
  • Cathedral-inspired living rooms,
  • Western living rooms.
Geometric-shaped Windows
Geometric-shaped Window

18. Geometric-Shaped Windows:

Don’t mind the complicated name, any window that isn’t in the traditional rectangular or square shape is a geometric-shaped window. Imagine polygons, triangles, circles, hexagons, octagons, and whatever other gons you can think of, as windows.

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Geometric-shaped windows would look good in:

  • Modern living rooms,
  • Traditional living rooms,
  • Smaller living rooms – to maximize light,
  • Living rooms with beautiful views,
  • Dark living rooms,
  • Living rooms with awkward corners and unusual angles,
  • Living rooms with specific themes,
  • Living rooms lacking elements of visual interest.
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19. Folding Window Walls:

Also known as accordion windows or folding glass walls, these guys are the “attention-seekers” or attractors or something something attraction.

Anyways, these windows are made up of multiple panels that open and close like an accordion.

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As eye-catching elements, they’re wonderful additions to:

  • Living rooms with a patio, deck, or garden,
  • Living room with breathtaking views,
  • Airy living rooms,
  • Living rooms with flexible functionality,
  • Luxury living rooms,
  • Living rooms lacking proper ventilation,
  • Small living rooms,
  • Living rooms with a connection to nature,
  • Modern living rooms.
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Double-hung Windows With Window Box | Image Credit: Saviour Udoh

20. Double-Hung Windows With Window Boxes:

These windows have two sashes that can be moved up and down, as well as small boxes outside the windows that can be used to hold plants or flowers, or even your rock collections.

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They’re great for:

  • Charming living rooms,
  • Living rooms with limited outdoor space,
  • Living rooms that need extra ventilation,
  • South-facing living rooms,
  • Living rooms with privacy concerns – works best when combined with climbing vines, tall, or cascading plants,
  • Living rooms in older homes,
  • Living room lacking personal touches
  • Living rooms needing pops of color.
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Mirror Window Wall | Image Credit: Julian Gentilezza

21. Mirror Window Wall:

These are large windows that also double as mirrors, they’re reflective and allow more natural light to bounce around the living room. They help make the living room feel larger and brighter.

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These windows would look good in:

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Smart Window With Tint | Image Credit: Roberto Nickson

22. Smart Windows With Adjustable Tint:

Surprise! I had something for you who lives in a smart home, bet you thought I forgot about you. Well, these windows can change their tint (or level of darkness) at the touch of a button, or using Alexia, or a smart system.

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They’d be wonderful additions in:

  • Smart homes – yes, these are the real MVP or mv-homes for this type of window,
  • South-facing living rooms,
  • Living rooms in energy-efficient homes,
  • Living rooms with privacy concerns,
  • Luxury living rooms,
  • Modern living rooms,
  • Western Living rooms.

Any More Living Room Window Ideas?

I know there are many more window ideas I haven’t covered, so I’m leaving the floor to you, to share your ideas with us, be they small living room window ideas or large living room ideas, let me know in the comments and I just may add them the next time I update this article.

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13 Comments

  • Vickie February 27, 2024

    Wow! Love these different windows! Saving this for my future home projects. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tiana February 28, 2024

    Always loved a bay window with a little seat in front. I don’t own my house so i can not have one since finding a house with them is so rare these days

  • Ali Wade February 28, 2024

    So much information and inspiration. Thank you.

  • Asmaa February 28, 2024

    Exellent post with so much value, thank you for sharing these amazing window ideas

  • Angelia February 28, 2024

    I never realized how many types of windows there are. So interesting! Thank you for sharing!

  • Debbie February 28, 2024

    Finding the right options for special living room windows can be a challenge. You highlight some creative options!

  • Victoria February 29, 2024

    This is a very interesting and informative post. I’d have to say my favorites are the arched windows, bay windows, geometric and picture windows!

  • Natalie February 29, 2024

    This is a very informative and enjoyable post with great window options. Enjoyed reading 🤗

  • Andrea February 29, 2024

    I love these ideas!! Hard to choose from but my favorite is probably the stained glass/mosaic look. I would love to have that in a future house!

  • Cristina March 2, 2024

    For my next home I definitely want skylights!

  • hemalatha March 2, 2024

    Wow, really interesting. I never knew there were so many different types of windows just for your living room!!

  • Laura March 3, 2024

    Great information! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kyra March 17, 2024

    Thank you for providing a positive and constructive space for discussion It’s refreshing to see a blog with a kind and respectful community

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