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An Interior Designer's Solutions For Arched Windows

Interior designer Catherina Cena-Yambao shares her tips for this tricky window type

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

Arched windows could be a blessing or a curse: the dramatic arch provides a key architectural accent in the room, but adding window treatments or creating privacy could be a challenge.

Interior designer Catherine Cena-Yambao is lucky enough to have a home with arched windows, and she decorated her spaces to enhance this feature.

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“Big windows are an asset to any space because of the natural light they allow inside, and anything looks better with a lot of natural light.” She also adds that an arched window brings a bit more charm to a room than simple rectangular ones. Here’s how you can treat your arched window:

Highlight the window

“It should be the first thing that would catch attention in a room.” Have a valance customized to fit the arch, and don’t be afraid to use eye-catching, patterned drapery fabric to call attention to the windows.

Hang simple drapes on the side

If you want to avoid spending on customized curtains, simply install a curtain rod that runs straight across it, and hang two solid drapes on either side.

Use as a headboard

Do you have arched windows in the bedroom? Position the bed against the arched window so that it serves as a headboard, as well.

Leave it unadorned

Not worried about privacy? Then leave the arched windows unadorned, and let its the shape become part of the interior of the room.

Define the arch 

If you’re not renting and you’re allowed to paint the frames of your windows, further emphasize the shape and arch by painting the window frames in a bold, contrasting color.

This snippet appeared in the December-January 2016-2017 issue of Real Living magazine

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