How can I fill these unusual "windows" between rooms?


Have 3 openings between 1st and 2nd level of split level home. Would like something simple to make it so you don’t see thru from one room to the other. I was thinking of either a simple stained glass in a frame or maybe a sheer curtain on an expansion rod. Don’t want anything busy looking . hELP ,,,,,.

q how to fill unusual openings between rooms
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  • The Zaitleys The Zaitleys on Oct 13, 2019


    I put up plants. Really brightened up the space and added lots of texture

  • How funny, many people want that open airy feel. Love the stained glass idea, though the sheer curtains may be a bit more budget friendly. You have great ideas, go with it and see what fits your budget and accomplishes your goal. There is no right or wrong answer and it's your house, do what makes you happy.

  • Natalie Natalie on Oct 14, 2019

    Could you hang pictures over them on both sides of the wall?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 14, 2019

    Shutters would provide adjustable privacy and would be attractive to look at from either side, as there is no definite front or back. This style of shutters are easy to keep clean - just wipe down, or vacuum with a soft brush end.

    If more light was desired in either room at any time, simply open the shutters up. The louvers can be tilted to accommodate natural light during different seasons, and or the panels can be fully swung open on the side hinges.

  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Oct 14, 2019

    i would take the wood trim off from around the openings. get some 2 x 4 s and frame in the openings for drywall on each side. make them permanently gone. i find when you try to make something "make do" they will always be in your face every day. keeps the sounds of each room separate too. only going by experience. i like my rooms separate. good luck in your project.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 15, 2019

    You would need many plants that were adequately thick and tall in order not to be able to see through to the other side. IMO it would make the wall very 'busy' looking'. It would likely be physically awkward and not convenient to try to keep all of them watered. Also, the plants might not get sufficient sunlight to thrive.

  • William William on Oct 15, 2019

    I agree with Naomie and Flipturn. That is a load bearing wall. Rather than habe a solid wall the builder put in the openings to give that airy open feeling people want. The shutter Idea is great.2" mini blinds would also work. Sheers would look to formal and out of place.

  • Judith Judith on Oct 15, 2019

    Not knowing how your home is decorated, I'm not sure if this would work. But, soji screens can be attractive. They're made of wood and paper, so you can get filtered light though, but the view is blocked. Also, I've seen them affixed so they can be moved side-to-side, like a sliding door. So, they can be moved aside from covering the window, if that's desirable. Son and daughter-in-law constructed their own soji slider, to cover a wall-hung TV. Very attractive...

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 16, 2019

    Here are some examples of shoji screens.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Oct 16, 2019

    I agree about filling in the openings with drywall. This is an easy job for any carpenter/handyman. Then prime and paint. The openings will be gone and your space will be simplified.

  • Betty Betty on Apr 12, 2021
    1. Hang 3 stained glass panels.
    2. Purchase some plexiglass where you can stick some of the fake stained glass sheets onto it and insert them into the spaces and trim with 1/4 round molding. This would allow you to still get some sunlight into your livingroom.
    3. Make them shadow boxes for your livingroom by covering that space from the other side. This would make a really nice feature that you can now hang art work.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 12, 2021

    Hello I would fill them in with drywall if your aesthetic and budget allow.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 13, 2021

    I would either put shutters or take the wall out completely the windows make the room look choppy.

  • B.L.Kemp B.L.Kemp on Apr 14, 2021

    I don't know how large the room is.....I'd drywall them in or take the wall down if it's not loading bearing.

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