Naked Windows

Great windows are a practical way to take advantage of the scenery that surrounds your home. I like how a large window can frame a beautiful tree or field and instantly create a piece of art that changes with the season. At the moment I am fortunate enough to live in a home with bay windows. It sits quite a distance from the road, so the snow covered scenes I’ve been seeing lately look really spectacular.

I admire windows that stand on their own, without the clutter of drapes or blinds. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate a beautifully dressed frame but there is something so clean and picturesque about a bare window.

Here are a few examples I came across to inspire your next window treatment… or not.

These arched windows have such an intricate design it would be a shame to obscure the graceful architecture, or trim for that matter. The designer has opted for an all-white palette, allowing the detail around the window to pop.

In this 2008 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome designed by Lynda Reeves, a dark smoky paint on the window muntins really frames the view.

This bathroom window makes the tree outside resemble a lush landscape painting.

This church-turned-kitchen is exquisite. Architect Jonathan Tuckey took advantage of the tall gothic window, which seeps sunlight.

I can’t imagine an iota of windowpane buried under heavy drapery. An organic background enhances the cool palette — throw open the French doors and breathe deeply.

Photo credits:
1. Wave Avenue blog.
2. From House & Home March 2009 issue, design by Lynda Reeves, photography by Michael Graydon.
3. Mark D. Sikes Powerful blog.
4. Shadow House by Jonathan Tuckey, architect. Photo by Dirk Linder. via Remodelista.

5. Boxwood Clippings blog.

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