Of course window seats originate from period properties where the exterior wall / window recess was deep enough to accommodate one.
In contemporary builds or renovations, it is relatively straightforward to incorporate a window seat and not only do they provide a wonderful 'nook' for relaxing - they also accentuate the view.
In fact, you can create the impression of a window seat, without strictly being one...The kitchen below designed by Justine Hugh Jones is a great example of how to incorporate banquette seating into this kitchen which has the additional benefit of giving the essence of window seating. This kitchen is another award-winning design - winning the 2015 Belle Interior Design Award for Kitchen Design.
The example below has been created by building cabinetry around the window, which when painted in the same colour as the window, becomes an extension of the window and again draws your attention to what is beyond.
The deep recess that you require for a window seat can also be created by protruding out (as opposed to using up valuable interior space as in the previous design). This pared back example below uses a simple glass box jutting out to achieve the same effect.
Playing around with scale and proportion is always fun - and when you have the ceiling height or space it is definitely worth making the most of it.
In both our final examples both height and width is accentuated with each window seat being lined, or framed in timber.
We are itching to design a window seat, hope you feel inspired too!