One of my favorite architectural details is something you may have never even thought about: the depth of a window. When it is deep, it captures light. Pay attention to it. Even as the sun is moving away from that room, making it dimmer and dimmer inside, the light will reflect upon the deep frame and make it glow. Suddenly you realize you have architecture there.
It is one of the many ways that form and function work together in a home—the idea that what is useful can also be beautiful.
Here is a random photo of a window with barely any depth at all. Obviously, the window itself brings light into the home, but it is not contributing to the architecture in any way (the windows in our new house are just like this):
And then there are these windows. Even without trim, and even in the midst of a total room overhaul, you can see how the light around them adds luminosity:
This window is not quite as deep (I’m guessing four inches?), and it has a sill, but you can see how it is framed in light:
This one does have trim, and the light has the same impact:
And this one has a wood jamb and still the light is beautiful:
We will lose a few inches in our already small bedroom when we deepen the windows, but I know the change will be worth it. My husband is on board, too—not as much for the visual impact, but for the extra space for thick insulation. Form and function. Win-win.
*All photos are from a random Web search.