Awkward windows can be a challenge in any space but seem to crop up most often in older, character homes where the style of windows have not kept up with the latest window fashions. Instead of going through the hassle of replacing your windows, we have some tips that can take care of the problem of dealing with awkward windows through their stylish treatment and wherever you might find them!
Asymmetrical windows are the designer’s greatest foe but these design problems often result in the most stylish solutions! To balance off-centre windows, consider placing large artwork between them. You can also off-set unbalanced windows by strategically placing beautiful furniture like a chair or end table below to alter the center of the room’s composition. Additionally, if a window is right up against the adjoining wall and leaves little to no room for a curtain rod, consider shades, blinds or shutters which have overhead installation that can be set inside the window frame.
If you have windows that are only in one corner of the room, their window treatments can create a heavy weight on that side of the room that will constantly draw the eye there. Be sure to balance the other side of the room with something that has a similar visual weight and even the same colour or pattern scheme to balance out the room’s composition. Depending on the size of the window and the type of room, this could be a bed, an armoire, an entertainment unit or something else with visual strength to help draw the eye around the room, rather than just towards the windows.
Windows which overlook a scene that is less than desirable can be overcome by the installation of wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling drapes. This might sound like a style throwback but sumptuous fabrics can lend brilliant design elements to a space and the blank slate this gives your room allows you to plan the space more effectively. This can be especially helpful for basement suites as it give the illusion of larger windows behind such tall drapes, which might not actually be the case.
Drapes are also good for arched windows which were a style trend many decades ago. Many people would simply leave the arch out of it by installing blinds below but this does not allow for full light control in the room. A simple solution is to install a single drapery rod (usually without a covering) and drapery panels that work with the decor of the room. The rod goes above both the window and its arch, allowing for maximum light control when needed. Pair the panels with sheers to allow some light to filter in when needed.
Sidelights are a typical awkward window as they tend to be a lot smaller than standard window sizes and they usually appear right next to larger doors or windows. Frosting or tinting might work here, depending on where this is in the home. You might also try layering your window treatments by having the main window covered with shutters, blinds or shades and the sidelights can be covered with drapery than can also be used to cover the rest of the window as needed.
Another type of window that might be tough to deal with, especially in older homes, is the French door. This is especially the case when these doors appear as room dividers but you need privacy between these spaces. Rather than frost the glass, you can install floor to ceiling drapery panels which can be closed as needed. Depending on the level of privacy required between these spaces, you can go from sheer to opaque in your drapery choices.
Finally, sliding doors (which are really just extra-large windows) always seem to get the vertical blinds treatment when they could be so much more. Cellular shades make an amazing choice for covering sliding doors, particularly where more privacy is needed, and are a style that can be easily added to other windows in the room (as opposed to vertical blinds which usually cannot) to create a more cohesive look.