High stairwell window
May 28, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Not sure what treatment too use for a high stairwell window
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AMBIT Architecture
First instinct: Place a shelf at the sill of the inset area of the window- load it up with cool stuff to look at as you come down the stairs.Also, the inset is not doing you any favors- it is forcing you to want to put something in the area below the window sill- a shelf helps negate that issue. Also breaks up the vertical, that is another toughie since the window interrupts a potential blank wall to play with.

Second instinct: install a wood screen of vertical slats in front of the window above the door that will filter the light and positively accentuate the verticality of the space.

Lastly, consider painting the door frame to match the wall.
May 28, 2013 at 9:32am     
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Riddle Construction and Design
Not sure what the exterior of the house looks like but too bad you can't change out the plain window for something more interesting with maybe a decorative frosted or stained glass design. This ordinary window does not take advantage of the focal point space that it occupies. It has the potential to be so much more.
May 28, 2013 at 9:35am     
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I would paint the inset in a different colour. That's it :-)
May 28, 2013 at 9:35am     
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Trust AMBIT!
May 28, 2013 at 9:42am     
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I like the shelf idea :) and the wood slats . How about those side windows by the door ?
May 28, 2013 at 2:23pm   
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Oh painting the inset sounds good too :)
May 28, 2013 at 2:26pm   
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why on earth do builders do this kind of thing?!
May 28, 2013 at 2:27pm     
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I'd get some grid on the glass (instead of that one thick vertical line on the glass). Then I'd hang a glamorous chandelier in front of the window. They look great from outside when lit. :-)
May 28, 2013 at 2:28pm   
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AMBIT Architecture
leave side windows alone.
May 28, 2013 at 2:30pm   
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