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Eyebrow arched window

by Donna
(Nova Scotia)

Arched window

Arched window

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Our family room has a two storey arched window. The bottom half has an aluminum blind but we need something to keep the sun out in the top part. (We recently found out that we cannot get an aluminum blind to put in the arched window.) The window is 106 inches wide and 77 inches tall. What type of blind would you recommend and what is the cost? Thanks.

Answer

The best solution for eyebrow arch windows like yours is the top-down cellular shades. They are made of cellular shade materials like Hunter Douglas Duette, Applause, and Architella.

The shade is mounted on the window sill and is lowered to open and expose the view and raised to close and block the sun.

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2 Story Wall with Four Windows

Question

I have a 2-story wall with 4 windows, 2 stacked on top of each other. The top 2 windows are arched. I’m wondering if I could just do a valance of some sort on the 2 lower windows, leaving the top windows bare. As you will see on the picture, my fireplace mantel is right up against the edge of the left lower window, so not sure that a drapery type covering would work.

Answer

A valance sounds like the right thing for you because of the fireplace. Take a look at this valance for a neat valance idea.

The upper window can be left bare or you can cover it with the top-down cellular shades which can be opened and closed easily without blocking the view.

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Windows Treatment for two story foyer Window and Main Entrance door.

by Yelena
(Hackettstown, NJ, USA)

Question

Hello,

The front entrance wall in my house has 2 story drop (approximately 17-18 feet tall) with the "Picture Window" insert over the main entrance door and it faces South.

Hence, we have 2 problems: too much sunlight in the foyer in the summer and no privacy at night all year long for the second floor lending that is exposed to the front door wall.

Given the fact that there are also glass panels on the sides of the main entrance door, I would like to have some kind of a window treatment that flows from the very top of the Picture Window located above the doors to the floor level.

I also need window coverings to be functional to the point that I can have privacy when needed and let light in as desired.

Oh, yes, the Picture Window has an arched top, approximately 1/5 of a full circle circumference and at least 52” wide.

Sorry, do not have a picture at this time.

Thank you in advance,

Yelena

Answer

Hi Yelena,

The ideal window treatment for you windows is cellular shades, since it can be made into almost any shape, arched for your picture window and also for your sidelights or door windows (it's not clear on the sketch if your door has windows or not).

The arch top window can be fitted cellular shades that open from the top and compress downwards. Like this it can be fully functional regardless of the shape of the top of the window.

The sidelights are beautifully covered with cellular shades due to its low profile an top-down bottom-up capabilities.

You can also try covering your windows with curtains or drapery, using the same fabric for both the arch picture window and the sidelights.

For more ideas, see:
Arch top windows



Sidelight windows

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Large square windows

by Janie
(New Philadelphia, Ohio)

great room windows

great room windows

Question

How would you design curtains for large square windows that are positioned one above the other separated by 4-5 feet of wall? These are located on either side of the fireplace.

Answer

To make it look real dramatic I would do a single window treatment for all four windows together. Drapery panels down the two sides with tie backs between the upper and lower windows and a swag valance on the very top framing all windows together.

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