Shuttered Archways

The architectural arch dates back to ancient times. Today, the arch still captivates the imagination and we see it in many modern architectural styles. The curved lines of an arch soften a space, create interest and make a statement. Whether they are doorways, windows, archways or purely external or internal design features, they should be incorporated into the plans of a home with purpose and design sensibility.

'An arch plays with light and shade and adds depth and drama to any area of a home,' says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing manager of AMERICAN shutters. 'The architect has chosen this feature specifically, integrating it into the design scheme to achieve his or her vision. It is therefore shameful to camouflage its design value with misfit and inappropriate finishes.'

Although beautiful, an arched window or door is arguably one of the most challenging of openings. Choosing a window finish that is effective at controlling light, ventilation and privacy and that enhances and complements the arch is not always easy.

'Good interior design works with and accentuates good architecture and it hides and distracts from that which is not,' says Karina. 'Installing the right window finish in an arched window that highlights its architectural shape and style is good interior design.'

Shutters are a smart choice in window finishes and offer a classic timelessness. 'With a history dating back almost as long ago as the arch itself, shutters have been installed in homes of all kinds and styles for centuries,' says Karina Palmer.

AMERICAN shutter ranges can all be manufactured to custom shapes, including arches. Visit their website at or email