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A beautiful window is a work of art--a wonderfully shaped break in the wall filled with a stunning view. But windows almost always add function to their form, bestowing a room with light and air. Here are some windows with distinctive shapes that stand apart.
The shape of this barrel-vault ceiling gets added emphasis from two winking arched windows above the fireplace. The crisp architecture of the upper windows contrasts with the traditional, wood-frame windows below.
This restrained round window illuminates a pretty white tub and keeps the room's curvy theme going strong. A simple grid adds architectural interest, and the small shape and off-center placement maintains privacy.
This sprawling Shingle-style home is fully clad with unique details, thanks in part to a range of interesting windows. Arched beauties with sunburst grilles adorn the tower. Transom windows of varying shapes and sizes get their own unusual grilles. And round windows add additional visual pop. Thanks to universally beautiful grilles and a play of lines and curves, the myriad styles meld wonderfully.
Transoms are divided into squares and diamonds by muntins. The decorative grillwork opens up the front of the home and adds a distinctive style flourish. There's a functional side to augmenting picture windows with side windows and transoms: The operable side windows can help a room with ventilation when a large picture window is fixed in place.
A large skylight shines down, illuminating a beautiful staircase in two-tone wood. But another window is doing more subtle work in this beautiful entry. A round keyhole transforms a doorway, turning the simple vestibule into an architectural signature. Round, or bull's-eye, windows became popular in the Baroque period as a means of adding visual interest to the upper floors of buildings.
Even when you want a dynamic visual effect from installing an unusually shaped window, appropriate size is still important. Properly scaled, an arched window is a graceful addition to a traditional room. Also, stay consistent with millwork used elsewhere in a home.
Take a look at these squares. Here, straightforward square and rectangular windows are grouped into ribbon windows and paired in unique ways that make this home stand apart. Mullion thickness is also varied to create geometric patterns. French doors on the balcony are flanked by windows of equal size, creating a bright entrance.
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