Porthole Windows In Home Decor

Porthole windows are standard on ships and boats. However, now they are appearing in apartment buildings. Because portholes come in different materials and sizes, they can add a unique touch to your home (inside and out). But how do you know if a porthole is right for your home? Let’s look at some ideas to find out.

Where to place

Porthole windows have the ability to transform a seemingly plain space into a unique space anywhere in the home. And as a bonus, it can also give the nautical illusion of being on a cruise, and who doesn’t want that feeling of being on vacation?

Bathrooms are the most popular rooms for such windows, but they can also be used to line the walls of a staircase. Not only can you let in light as the layers transition, but you can also create the illusion of more space. Another fun spot for them is the ceiling, as round windows in the ceiling can create a fun illusion of the sun as the light shines through.

Many homeowners use the porthole as a work of art. Depending on the landscape of your home, whether it’s overlooking a beautiful beach, lake, or city lights, a large round window can be considered a work of art and a focal point in any room, especially a living room.


However, there are some factors homeowners should consider before installing a porthole. Porthole windows are fine as long as a homeowner only uses them for aesthetic purposes. They can look great with an appropriately themed room or home, but they don’t serve much purpose. The light brought in is minimal, they can’t let in that much breeze. Another problem is that they don’t act as exit windows. In an emergency (like a fire) you need a window big enough and low enough to crawl through. If you are considering a porthole, make sure there is at least one other larger window in the room.

There’s also the problem that they look great outside the home. They often look good in the space they are in, but don’t match the architectural style of the outside.