Arch window blinds: All the inspiration and expert advice you need

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Arch windows are a highly distinctive architectural feature that can add character and charm to a home. A particular benefit of arch windows is the way they can transform any room by increasing the quantity of natural light. However, this can also be something of a downside – after all, more light can mean more heat and more glare! There is an easy solution to this issue that can help preserve the benefits of a lovely arch window without any of the issues: arch window blinds. Read this post to find out everything you need to know about choosing blinds for your arch windows. We’ll give you a range of expert tips, as well as a little inspiration to get you going.

What are arch windows?

Arch windows, occasionally referred to as an elliptical windows or curved windows, are a distinctive and elegant architectural feature. As the name suggests, they are distinguished by the curve at the top of the window, forming an arch. Their use dates far back in history. For instance, they were a key feature of the Palladian architecture of Renaissance Italy. They can be found in many iconic buildings and homes, whether traditional or modern. They add a charm that is only possible thanks to the additional height. There are several types of arch windows, such as half and quarter circles, half-moon, and extended or elongated arch, among others.

Arch windows look great in any room, including the bedroom, living room, and kitchen. They can also be a great, subtle detail above doors. When it comes to finding blinds for your arch windows, the exact location of the window is key. The needs of each room will dictate the best type of blinds to use.

Arch windows generally comprise two parts, the bottom rectangular part and the semi-circular top part, the latter of which forms the arch. You may use the same window covering at the top and bottom, or you can have different covering for each of the two parts. However, not all blinds are suited for arch windows. Let’s look at some of the best options for you to choose from.

 

Image of three arched windows with white frames in a grey living room

 

Types of arch window blinds

Arch window blinds help to control the amount of light that gets into the room. These blinds also come with many other benefits, such as regulating temperatures and protecting your flooring and furnishings from direct sunlight. They can also add to the aesthetics of your home. Choosing from a range of colours and materials makes it easy to complement your existing décor. The following is a list of blinds suitable for arch windows, alongside some information about how they work and their benefits.

Venetian arch window blinds

Venetian blinds comprise horizontal slats held together by strings. They are usually operated using cords and a wand. You pull the cords to raise or lower the slats, and twist the wand to adjust their positioning. Occasionally, they may be cordless, in which case you use a handle to control them. The slats can be angled up or down, or you can stack them up against each other. When the slats are angled looking up, they allow the circulation of cold air from the ground into the room, bringing a cooling effect. This action helps in regulating the temperature in your room.

When it comes to using Venetian blinds on your arch windows, the top part of the arch window will sometimes have stationery blinds while the rectangular bottom part is movable. In this case, only the bottom part can be opened or closed. When the top part is also movable, it can either open like a fan or move up and down like the rest of the blind.

Venetian blinds come in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, or vinyl. Wooden Venetian blinds are light and elegant, and there is a natural beauty to them. There are many colours to choose from, and you can match most types of interior décor with these blinds. However, there can be issues using wooden Venetian blinds in areas of high moisture, such as bathrooms. For this situation, aluminium blinds and faux wood Venetian blinds are preferable.

Venetian blinds are easy to clean and maintain – just be sure to regularly run a duster along the slats. They are also highly durable, and it will be a long time before you need to change them. You can even paint your blinds to give your home a whole new look.

 

Two arched windows fitted with white venetian blinds

 

Cellular arch window blinds

Cellular blinds, also called honeycomb blinds, comprise two pieces of fabric that join together to form air pockets. They can help to regulate extreme temperatures. This means they are particularly energy-efficient and can even help to save you money on your energy bills. Additionally, they offer excellent light control and sound absorption. Cellular blinds form pleats that are stacked up when you open them. They come in a variety of colours to suit your décor needs.

When placed at the top of the arch, they can either be stationary or movable. With cellular blinds, you can have them horizontal to align with the rest of the window or vertical so that they open like a fan. They are a versatile way of keeping natural light at bay, though their degree of control is not as impressive as that of Venetian blinds.

Pleated blinds for curved windows

Pleated blinds comprise a single layer of fabric or paper that comes in varying pleat sizes. The pleats form a beautiful accordion pattern. There are plenty of patterns, colours, and textures to choose from, which makes it easy to fit them to the style of your home. Though they do not offer the same level of insulation as cellular blinds, there are pleated blinds suitable for every room in your house. As with many of the other options, the arch can remain stationary while the bottom part is movable.

 

Close-up image of pleated white/grey blinds

 

Roller blinds

Roller arch window blinds operate by rolling around a tube located at the casing at the top of the blinds. They are extremely flexible, coming in a range of materials that make them well-suited for any room. You have the option of single-layered or double-layered roller blinds. The latter are often known as day and night blinds. When paired with arch windows, they can accentuate the elegance of the window shape. With their clean-cut lines and neat look, they enhance the beauty of your home. The clean-cut lines also make them perfect for modern homes. They are easy to operate, whether corded or cordless. Roller blinds are stationary at the arch and movable at the bottom. The track of the roller arch window blinds takes the shape of the curve at the arch, maintaining the beauty and elegance of the design.

Roman blinds

Roman blinds can also be adapted to fit arch windows. They are a particularly good choice if you have several arch windows in a single room. They come in a variety of fabrics that transform any room instantly with their layered look. This soft window treatment is custom-made to fit nicely at the arch and continuously cover the rest of the window. The only downside is that they are stationary at the top.

With bespoke made-to-measure blinds, it is possible to adapt almost any style to fit your arch window. In general, blinds are easy to clean and do not collect dust quickly, unlike curtains. This makes them a hygienic, low-maintenance option. You can replace them with ease when you are redecorating or in the case of wear. Depending on the type of blinds and material that you choose, they can be very affordable. Overall, they are an excellent choice for window coverings as they give you maximum control over the light entering a room.

 

Set of four brown roman blinds on an elliptical window

 

Factors to consider before choosing blinds for arch windows

Before everything else, you have to consider the room your arch window is in. For instance, a bedroom may require blackout fabric to ensure you can have a sound night’s sleep. A kitchen, on the other hand, may benefit from a considerable amount of natural light through the day. In that case, it can be better to opt for blinds with a translucent fabric. Meanwhile, a study may need the soft, subtle lighting that you can achieve by using Venetian blinds.

Though made-to-measure blinds can be a substantial investment, there are options to suit every budget. The style and material you choose, for instance, can have a major impact. It is also important to remember that blinds are a significant addition to the functionality and aesthetics of your home, and that trying to cut corners can lead to more expense in the long run.

Fitting your arch window blinds

Taking measurements for your elliptical windows and arch windows can be complicated, and is better left to the experts. Most experienced and reputable custom blinds dealers will have an at-home consultant on hand to assist you. A quality supplier will be able to support you through the entire process, from measuring to installation. They can even give you suggestions as to styles and designs. Again, investing in choosing quality blinds from a trusted supplier will save you time and heartache in the future. It may seem like a good idea to save money by measuring the windows yourself, for instance, but even the tiniest inaccuracy can lead to a poor fit.

Set of four arched windows with white frames in a white room with oak flooring

Key takeaways

Arch window blinds are a delightful way of covering your windows to provide light control and additional privacy to your home. Blinds are also a simple, affordable way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room. When paired with arch windows, they work to combine a classic elegant feel with up-to-date functionality. Just be sure to let the experts help you take measurements to ensure the right fit for your blinds.