What is it about window seats? What's their appeal? Is it the views they offer to the outside world? Is it the warm thoughts of comforts and coziness that they evoke, and the instant calm they bring to those who gaze upon their immediately soothing presence?
These sitting spaces are so much more than a space to sit on offering an appealing view - They're so much more. Not only aesthetically pleasing, they're incredibly functional and seem to pass the test of time. Ever-present in all sorts of American architectural styles, from Colonial to Contemporary, they can be found in just about any room, in homes from large to small. Their versatility accommodates every type of decorating style imaginable, and many of these sweet spots offer more than a place to relax, but can serve as a valuable means of storage, for often shelves and cabinets are built-in right beneath. The perfect window seat offers both form and function. Below are 18 more images to inspire you - views of the world from high above some bustling cities, overlooking tranquil waters and zen-like gardens.