It's hard to say where the world's off-center windows come from.
Often they're the result of a moved or added partition wall during a
renovation. Others were designed that way. But many homeowners who
inherit this asymmetrical setup have trouble designing around it. After
all, symmetry is an important part of good design. So what are you
supposed to do? First of all, don't lose heart. Where there are
problems, there are solutions.
Designers pick up where
construction leaves off, so it's always a good idea to get a designer
involved at the planning stage. That way we can address issues that
could pose problems later when it comes time to design and furnish the
Nevertheless, you'd be surprised how often I see a
partition wall butted up against a window like this. If you can't afford
to knock down walls in your home, use the tricks here to pull off a
Another wall was chosen for the
focal point here, and the windows were covered with very simple shutters
that don't attract attention. You could also use a blind or shade that
is very close to the wall color. This will de-emphasize the awkward
Here's another solution. If one of
the windows appears almost centered, cover the corner window. This will
allow for better space planning, like adding two beds, for example, and
no one will be the wiser.
Here's a great example of how you
can balance a room with an offset window. The drapes and furniture
grouping at one end have the same visual weight as the bed and linens.
Together they give the room balance.