Arched Window Decorating Ideas


Arched windows are an interesting architectural feature, but they are problematic when you're looking for treatments. Most window dressings are designed to cover rectangular windows, not those with rounded tops. Give your arched windows a customized look with curtains and other treatments, protecting your privacy by covering your windows in the meantime.

Partially Curtained

  • Instead of trying to cover the entire window, place your curtain rod at the base of the rounded part of the arch. Leaving the very top of the window exposed probably won't infringe on your privacy as it's too high up for anyone to see in or out. Installing a rod with curtains or a Roman shade at the point where your window lines straighten out vertically dresses up the window and allows you to use traditionally cut drapes and window hardware.

Long and Chic

  • A sophisticated way to hang curtains is to install the rod on the ceiling or at the very top of the wall. No rule says you must install your curtain rod within inches of the top of the window. Buying the longest possible drapes, or having them made, adds a designer touch to the room. Allowing the curtains to hang from ceiling height and brush the floor makes an uninterrupted statement for the wall. It also covers the arched window without the curtains looking awkward or incorrectly placed.


  • Shutter installation companies offer a number of options when it comes to installing their products on arched windows. Cover the semi-circle at the top of the window with a solid wood piece; fixed, slatted shutters; or movable, louvered shutters. Whether you're concerned about privacy or letting in plenty of light, shutters are designed and installed to cover your arched windows and meet your window treatment needs.

Stained Glass

  • Consider installing stained glass in the top semi-circle of your arch to add even more architectural interest to your window and eliminate the need to cover that part of the glass. If you don't want to spend that kind of money, think about creating a faux stained glass panel. You can do this in two ways: by cutting out shapes from translucent colored plastic and adhering them to the window or by painting a piece of Plexiglas cut to fit your window. Also search flea markets and architectural salvage stores for a piece of real stained glass that will fit in the area.

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