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Arch Top Window Coverings Are a Challenge

When someone has an arch top window or sometimes called an eyebrow arched window, it can be difficult to get the function that they desire for that opening. In this post, we are showing an option that gave the customer exactly what they wanted in both form and function.

Form: Highlighting the Arch

Drawings of the Ceiling, Cornice and Shade

This client has a very traditional look in their home. We wanted to stay with that sense of style. The choice we made was to build a custom cornice box. Thankfully, in this case, we had enough room over the top of the window to place the cornice box above it and have the shade be rectangular shaped inside the box. If there wasn’t enough room on top of the window, we would have had to choose a different style.

Part of the aspect that makes this window treatment very beautiful is the fabrics that we chose for the cornice and the roller shades. They wanted a softer look for the cornice box so we picked an organic look with the soft branches or leaves that add a great style without being overly dominant to the look of the room. Here is the video of the before and after. Next we will discuss the function of the window treatment.

Roller Shade for Arch Top Window

We started our conversation about their arch top window by discussing what functional needs they were trying to accomplish. In this case, the client made it clear that the ONLY purpose of the shade on this window will be to stop the light from coming in the room at various times. They had two concerns. One was the moonlight that can pour into the room on certain nights. The other was early morning light when the people sleeping there needed more darkness.

One of the things I mention in the video is that there are other choices of products to use for arch top windows. Some people would have chosen to match the shutters that are below the windows. But for this client, they want the window to be completely open as often as possible. So, the functional choice was to find a shade that could completely roll or stack at the top of the window.

Arch Top Window Covering

Back to style for a second. Keep in mind that for some clients, they will do the shades without the cornice. In their case they don’t care about the fact that adding the top treatment makes the room have the perfect look. They ONLY care about function and are quite happy ignoring the style portion of the discussion. The bottom line, as always, is that if you choose to work with Kempler Design, you are going to get an interactive design session with us to assist you in choosing the perfect choice for what YOU want. That is our goal. Please reach out if you’d like to work with us.

About Us

Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.

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