Hi everyone! Today, we’re going to talk about a beautiful type of window – the eyebrow window. More specifically, we’re going to talk about eyebrow window treatments. These are tricky windows to figure out what to do with, but I’m going to share some examples that might work for you if you have this type of difficult window.
Be sure to check out our Decorating With Window Treatments page for more ideas, tips and techniques for your windows!
Eyebrow Window Treatments
All but a couple of these examples are actual client windows that I’ve worked on over the past 15 years or so. Most of them have very different window treatments on them.
So, what is an eyebrow window? It’s a window that has a soft arch (that looks like an eyebrow) at the top of it. Here’s an example of an eyebrow window.
One problem that a lot of people encounter with this type of window is how to cover the top arch if light control or privacy is needed.
Quite often I will see an eyebrow window that has a blind installed like this. It’s an OK look, but not my favorite.
This is a client’s master bath window. She had the blind for privacy, but she wanted to add some fabric to soften the window. She did not like the way the arched part of the window looked, so we decided to cover it with an arched valance. Not everyone would want to cover the arch, but my client really liked how this valance turned out.
Another client has an eyebrow window in the front of her house. It’s quite large, and unfortunately, is in the master bath. Eventually we are going to put a shutter on the window, but for time being she is using a rod-pocket curtain that she made.
She cut the fabric cut in the same curved shape as the top of the window, and it’s shirred onto a thin, narrow flexible board. The board is screwed in the center to the window trim. I’m really impressed with the ingenuity of this curtain! You can still see the beautiful trim around the window, and she has solved the privacy issue too.
I love how the curtain brings some softness to the bathroom, and you can still see the beautiful trim work around the window.
Here’s another client’s master bath eyebrow window – I’m surprised at how many of these examples are in master baths! This window is in the front of the house too. I made inverted pleat panels that follow the shape of the arch. (Please excuse the poor quality picture!)
The panels are tied back, and when my client needs privacy, she simply slips the tieback off and the panel closes. Here’s a view of the window from the street.
If you like the idea of drapery panels at your windows, this is another option for dressing an eyebrow window. Panels that are hung from a drapery pole above the window.
Here’s a tricky set of windows that I made window treatments for. My client has a two story set of windows, and the top window is an eyebrow window.
We decided to add arched swags and stationary panels to the set of windows.
Here’s a close-up of the top of the window.
Another eyebrow window treatment that works well for privacy, light control and adds the softness of fabric to the window is a custom roman shade that is made to follow the shape of the arch at the top. I didn’t make this roman shade, I believe it was made by The Blind Alley in Seattle.
Finally, here’s my favorite eyebrow window treatment. This eyebrow window is in a client’s master bath, and we had custom built shutters installed on the window. The slats tilt open and closed for privacy, and the shutter doors also open if they want to let more light in the bathroom.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at different types of eyebrow window treatments! Do you have eyebrow or arched windows in your home? If so, how have you dealt with them?
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