Arched windows offer a timeless look. In addition to allowing lots of natural light in, an arched window can also increase your home’s curb appeal and, because of their versatility, they’re suited for all house styles.

Arched windows are perfect for every house style.

Have you considered adding an arched window to your home? Before you do, here’s what you need to know.

History of arched windows.

Arches have been used in architecture since prehistoric times, having been used by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The arch, which was used for supporting small structures in architecture, does not typically serve the same purpose in windows today. Now, adding an arched window to a home is purely for aesthetics.

So, how do you choose the right arched window for your home? First, you need to choose the type of arched window you want.

What are the different types of arched windows?

1. Fixed arched windows.

While fixed arched windows are low maintenance and let a lot of light in, they do lack ventilation.

Fixed arched windows are generally used for aesthetics in churches. While fixed arched windows are low maintenance and let a lot of light in, they do lack ventilation.

2. Arched windows that open.

Arched windows can be purchased as double hung or casement windows.

Arched windows can be purchased as double hung or casement windows. This type of arched window has the same aesthetics as a fixed arched window while allowing fresh air into your home.

3. Eyebrow windows with legs.

Eyebrow Window with Legs

An eyebrow window with legs is made up of one or more rectangular windows with a semicircle at the top. This creates the look of an arched window, without actually being an arched window, which could be nicer to your wallet.

How can you customize an arched window?

Simonton Windows & Doors makes it easy to customize any window with various exterior and interior colors, hardware finishes, and grid styles and patterns.

Whether you’re looking for a bold brick red to add curb appeal to your home, or a more subtle light oak woodgrain to match your kitchen windows to your cabinets, there are a number of customization options so you can create the look you desire.

Here are a few window color and window grille options:

Arched window colors options.

Arched window grille options.

Arched window treatment ideas.

Once you’ve settled on the type of window for your home, you may be wondering how to choose the right window treatment. We’ve compiled several options for you to choose from.

Curtains

Curtains can be hung on an arched rod or a straight rod. For an extra touch, you can add an elaborate curtain that overlaps to accent the curving window.

Blinds

Arched window blinds come in many low-maintenance, durable styles.

Valances

A window valance works great with this window style and is easy to install. Learn how to make a simple window valance here.

Grilles 

Arched window with grilles.

Window grilles, or grids, are bars between the window panes. They can be straight, creating squares, diamonds or rectangles or they can fan out, arch or overlap.