It used to be that window wells were a way to get some light and possibly ventilation into a basement. Generally, one had to be big enough so that an adult could escape in case of fire or other reason for being trapped. Now, to meet that building requirement and to make the basement feel more like the rest of the home, regular windows are being used. And instead of a lovely view of corrugated alumuminum, window wells have taken on a life of their own.
While I've seen scenic posters installed to make the window look like a landscape, I personally think this is pretty cheesy. I've also seen the metal terraced a bit so that plants can grow. My personal favorite, however, is to use stone or brick to encase the window well. I did this at our home, but unfortunately couldn't get a good picture to show. Growing ivy around the top so it hangs down is another way to enhance your basement window view.
And here's another idea. Window well liners that look like stone. Maybe not as nice as the real thing, but still attractive. See the picture above. Learn more here.
It just goes to show that no detail goes unnoticed today when building a beautiful, luxurious home.