The mood-lifting natural light and ready-made alcove that a bay window brings with it practically beg for the addition of a window seat. Here, a long, deep bench lined with soft oversize cushions creates a perfect lounge area. Decorative brackets help support the seat's overhang and give the large-scale built-in a lightened-up look, as does the all-white color scheme. Tall base molding ties it in to the rest of the room.
Tip: Add adjustable window coverings, such as the interior shutters shown here, to control the amount of light where windows are large—and to shut out sunrise in a bedroom setting.