Porthole windows are standard on ships and boats. However, they’re now showing up in residential homes. Just as garage doors aren’t just for garages anymore, porthole windows are being used in other applications.
Porthole windows have the ability to turn a seemingly plain room anywhere in the home into a unique space. And as a bonus, it can also give the nautical illusion of being on a cruise, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on vacation?
Think of a circular window as a special resource, a secret weapon which you can use whenever you want to add a unique touch to an interior design or to punctuate the architecture or geometry of a building. A porthole window can enrich a space in numerous ways and we’ll have a look at some right now.
Another slightly more modest investment is a custom porthole door. With the wood that looks like decking and the multiple portholes, there’s simply no mistaking its nautical pedigree.
A NATURAL IN THE BATHROOMS
Of all the rooms in which to install a porthole window, the bathroom is the most obvious. The portholes take this room from a simple tile and drywall box with a fun theme to a veritable submarine stunt double.
WORKS WITH TRADITIONAL
Panes and extra molding around this porthole window give it a strong presence in this waterfront home. Really add more depth and perspective from this living room.
COASTAL STYLE HOME OFFICE
A more traditional take on coastal style is on display in this warm and woodsy home office. A porthole window in the room’s custom cabinetry brings more nautical style. You could feel like the captain of your own ship.
Porthole windows add to the fun of this nautical bedroom, making it feel like you’re tucked in on a bunk on a ship. If a bunk room addition is in your future, why not go the extra nautical mile and swap rectangular windows for circular ones?
Choosing to place porthole window right above the sink almost feels a bit rebellious! It’s usually a place for a mirror, but you can challenge the trends and give your bathroom an opening into the outer world, one you can gaze through every day!
PORTHOLE-INSPIRED MEDICINE CABINET
If reframing your window openings to accommodate an oculus window isn’t happening anytime soon, consider a porthole-inspired medicine cabinet. Given its diminutive size, a smaller vanity will keep the little round mirror looking proportional.
BEUTIFY THE EXTERIOR
This new beach-style home has many exterior embellishments, including two portholes punctuating the symmetrical peaks, with a window between them.
CAT’S FAVORITE SPOTS
As any cat owner knows, a comfortable perch in front of a window is usually a feline’s favorite spot. Clearly, this cat appreciates a good porthole too.
Many homeowners use porthole windows as artwork. Depending on your home’s scenery, whether it’s overlooking a beautiful beach or lake or the city lights, a large circular window can be thought of as a piece of artwork and a focal point in any room.