Our house was built in '48, did they not think it through before building? This is my kitchen, look at the off center window. The light is aligned with the center of the room. I line the table up with the window, because we move it out from the wall each time we all eat. Why in the world they didn't center the window, I don't know. Just 1 of my little irritations of this house.
Dec 30, 2012, 09:14 PM
It probably has something to do with the house plan that was cheaper & easier to do. We once looked at a newer home that had 3 windows on the 2nd floor & they weren't centered. Would drive me crazy. In my kitchen the light above my island isn't quite centered.
I think if you played with window coverings, you could camoflauge it.
Dec 30, 2012, 09:26 PM
My house was built in 1952, so I have ceiling light fixtures that are off center...driving me nearly insane too!
But I've seen this done in new homes also.
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Dec 30, 2012, 09:31 PM
As Anneyland said you could use window treatments to disguise it or you could replace the light fixture with a hanging light and swag the chain to center the fixture.
Dec 30, 2012, 09:38 PM
Just for fun...
Dec 30, 2012, 09:40 PM
make that one window a focal point. Keep the other window simple? I am not a designer so I don't know if you can do that.
Also, google corner window treatments. I think you can make those windows appear as a corner window.
My guess would be that the window is symmetrical from the outside of the house. If you moved the window, the outside might look off which would drive me more nuts than the breakfast area.
Dec 30, 2012, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by jaysmom49: My guess would be that the window is symmetrical from the outside of the house. If you moved the window, the outside might look off which would drive me more nuts than the breakfast area.
Dec 31, 2012, 08:00 AM
I would look at my house from outside and see how the window looks -- it may be fine from out -- just not from in.
We lived in our only new house and the kitchen window made perfect sense from the INSIDE! When you drove by the house, it looked as if they forgot to do something for the front of the house had one double window on one side and nothing on the other -- it looked like it wasn't complete!
I like what mmtsh did with the curtains - fool the eye by extending panels out farther on one side.
Also, a different light fixture would not be as noticeable. The off-center is emphasized by the square window, square light, and square table all lined up.
Dec 31, 2012, 09:24 AM
Is it centered on the outside? We just recently added a window where there wasn't one in our entryway. The entryway has a closet on one end. So from the outside, the window would be off center if we centered it in the room. If we centered it on the outside, it would be off in the room. So....we split the difference. It is slightly off center outside and in. That was the best way we could do it. Also, putting it that way made it so the door could open all the way without hitting the library table I have sitting under the window.
I'll have to really look next time I'm outside. I need to get my new yoga dvd out and de-stress a little I think, lol. Mmtsh, thanks for taking the time to mock it up for me. Thanks everyone
Dec 31, 2012, 01:39 PM
It would bug me too and I quite agree it has to do w/ the exterior symmetry. My master windows that face the front of the house are off center on the inside a bit. I too was going to suggest extending the drapery panels to span the width of the window wall to camouflage the problem. I'd also upgrade the light fixture to something more stylish along the lines of the one illustrated.
BTW, down the line replace the sliding window style w/ a solid picture window or one w/ multi panes so the center won't be off. Whichever style works w/ the rest of your windows as viewed on the exterior. A bay window w/ windowseat might be another option. The seat can serve as storage assuming this option is doable.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Froo Froo,
Dec 31, 2012, 09:16 PM
Could also be the space for a hutch. Tables and chairs back then were not the shape or size that they are today.
I can see a Hoosier cabinet and smaller, rectangle table in there.
Of course, it could also be as a PP said... looks good from the outside....