Of course, horizontal windows aren't the only ways to capture views of the surroundings. This house in Sonoma County, California takes advantage of the dramatic valley scenery with a pool and terrace. Inside every opportunity is taken to bring that scenery inside, even in this hallway. The window seat and view make a trip upstairs a slow and leisurely one.
Normally not into dark in a small space, but the varying textures with only white accents & some wood makes this space feel purposefully 'designed' and cozy. Also, another benefit with dark colors is it hides dirt well. Can you tell I have 4 kids?