Many homes are adorned with a variety of decorative windows to add interest to the home’s architecture both inside and out. Odd shaped windows like angled windows, ovals, trapezoids, octagon shaped, arches of every configuration, including the circular window, make window coverings a challenge. Many homeowners may consider leaving these windows free of window coverings. However, due to light control and UV concerns many consider covering these specialty windows. There are a few options and, depending on if you need it to open and close your window coverings, your selections are even slightly more limited.
Vinyl or Wood Shutters
The most common specialty shaped window covering with the ability to function is the vinyl or wood shutter. Most angles, circles and arches can have an operating shutter custom built for them. It may differ how the panels are hinged and there may be a few things to consider with the frames. However, when you are working with a window covering specialist the options should be set out clearly. Shutters add architectural interest and value to your home therefore a shutter is an excellent option to consider.
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Another alternative to the shutter that may provide the option to function is the honeycomb shade such as the Hunter Douglas Duette®. This specific arched shaped honeycomb – the Duette Easyview Arch®, can have the ability to lower and raise with its ingenious design that allows you to lower and raise the blind up and down by sliding a small tab on the bottom supporting rail (although there are limitations in size restrictions). The honeycomb is also a popular option for many angled windows as it can be raised and lowered depending on the size of the angle. Some specialty shaped windows can utilize the honeycomb shade however due to the shape or the specification required some shades may be in the stationary closed position.
Hunter Douglas Silhouette®
Another option for a unique window shape is the Hunter Douglas Silhouette® – these are in a stationary position, however you can choose if you would like the Silhouette in the open or closed fabric vane position. This can provide you with UV control as well as privacy depending on your final choices while transforming the room with diffused light.
Hunter Douglas Pirouette® and Vignette® also offer solutions for your specialty shaped windows. Both these products would be in a fully closed stationary position, but it would allow you to treat your oval, trapezoid or quarter circle shaped window the same as other windows in the room.
Imagine your feature windows accentuated with customized drapery if these shade-style options do not suit your interior or esthetics. Drapery can add softness and elegance to any room and depending on the windows specialty shape you can create more drama to these features by using decorative tiebacks for angled drapery rods or you can add volume and luxury to the arched shaped windows with drapery tied back at a high angle.
Specialty shaped windows can transform the architecture of your home – with the addition of window coverings to accentuate the uniqueness of the window you can add even more drama to your home. There are many factors to consider when making your final decision, however specialty shaped window coverings can add texture, architectural detail and a personal style statement.
For custom window covering solutions for your Cochrane & Calgary home, contact Kirstin today!