Don’t Side-Eye Your Eyebrow Window!

We admit, the eyebrow window is seen as a bit of a curiosity in modern housing. Found primarily in late 19th-centruy Queen Anne homes or early 20th-century Craftsman bungalows, the eyebrow window fell out of favor in the mid-to-late 20th century.

What makes a window an eyebrow window? Basically, it’s the soft arch at the top. They’re typically installed in roofs, and the reason they’re called eyebrow windows is because of the way the roof shingles tend to hang over the top of the window and look, well, like an eyebrow.

These windows give tons of character to the houses that feature them. In Wilmington, you find them primarily downtown and in Carolina Heights — or any other historic district whose buildings date from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

The Big Eyebrow Window Question

How do you cover it — and should you want to? (You know what they say about eyes being the window of the soul, after all…)

It makes total sense to want to cover an eyebrow window. They tend to be installed in upstairs rooms that don’t get much light otherwise, but these days, many of the rooms featuring eyebrow windows are being used as bedrooms (especially in the Queen Anne-style homes that have been turned into locally run B&Bs in downtown Wilmington).

Without good eyebrow window coverage, you — or your guests — might not get a wink of sleep. What kind of window treatments work well with odd-shaped windows?

Eyebrow window treatments from Strickland's Blinds, Shades & Shutters

The Queen Anne Eyebrow Window

Queen Anne-style homes, which hail from the Victorian Era, feature an eyebrow window that’s often as the size of a regular window or quite thin. To cover these windows, you have a few options.