How to Choose the Best Shades for Specially-Shaped Windows

By John Harrison, Hunter Douglas Master Installer/Residential Motorization Specialist

When it comes to interior design, nothing can quite compare to the stunning look of large, spacious windows with a spectacular view of La Jolla. Arches, circle-shaped windows, French doors and even skylights are just some of the ways that windows make our homes more beautiful. But when we need privacy, it can certainly be challenging to find the right window treatment to conceal our space while maintaining its beauty.

Oddly-shaped windows are difficult to reach, much less cover with the ideal drapery or shutter. Fortunately, we’ve got your answers right here. I’ve picked the most common window covering challenges in La Jolla with ideal solutions to meet your needs for privacy while maintaining the beautiful look of your home.


Arches add charming architectural details to any home’s structure. Arch windows can come in a variety of shapes including stationary, extended, half circle, quarter circle, perfect, imperfect, eyebrow and Gothic window arch shapes. Usually, arch windows are situated quite high, either at the crest of a window or on its own above a door. According to Hunter Douglas, arches are one of the most common kinds of window applications that are challenging to cover.  If you’re facing the same problem, use EasyView™ Arch coverings from the Duette® series to create a privacy while maintaining a beautiful look. These honeycomb shades have a moveable arch, and when complemented with automation, moving the shades depending on the time of day is a breeze.

Circles, Ovals, Hexagons, Octagons

In the land of surf and sea, circle-shaped windows can be a common architectural detail in La Jolla. Other shapes include ovals, hexagons and octagons – and even though they’re beautiful, the shape is tricky to cover. Duette® honeycomb shades and custom drapery are excellent choices when it comes to covering even the most unique window shape in good taste.

French Doors

French doors are unique because both sides of the door open and are operable. Window coverings must allow for proper function of the door including the installation of extension brackets or spacer blocks, if needed. Window fashions like cloth drapery are typically mounted beyond the glass frame. The good news is that you have many window covering options available including Silhouette® or Pirouette® window shadings and even Heritance® hardwood shutters. Custom drapery is also an excellent choice when covering French doors.


We can all agree that skylights are a beautiful addition to the interior of your home while capitalizing on the green benefits of natural light. But when it comes to covering skylights fashionably, finding the right solution can prove to be difficult. We’ve successfully covered skylights with Duette® honeycomb window treatments, and when coupled with automation, covering skylights is completely easy and functional with zero stress.

Hard-to-Reach Windows

Motorization is the ideal choice for covering windows that are hard-to-reach. Windows in areas such as stairwells or vaulted ceilings are difficult to reach but can be ideally covered with curtains that automate with remote control. Even floor-to-ceiling windows are ideal for automation. Automation eliminates the need for reaching, cords or manual adjustment and can even be easily tied into a complete home automation system.

For more window covering options for specialty window shapes, log onto or call us at (858) 480-5178 to inquire on any custom treatments. With a wide selection of custom and specialty options, we’ll have the solution you’re looking for. And as recipients of the “Best Window Coverings” and “Best Floor Coverings” award by the readers of the San Bernardino Sun Telegram and Redlands Daily Facts, we’re sure to provide the excellent service and product to meet your window needs.

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