Bay Window Dressing…Window Treatment ideas for your bay window

January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Are you frustrated in figuring out what to do with your bay windows? No worries, there are many options to fit you style. I suggest you approach the project much like any other window treatment project. Consider your needs…Do I need privacy? Do I need to completely block or partially block the sun? What functionality is needed to fit my family’s needs? Finally, what is my desired design style?
Here are seven basic ideas to get started on your bay window treatments:

1. Shade it
Shades offer a host of options in themselves. Unlike the Roller Shades of past decades the new roller shades come in a huge variety of fabrics, colors, and weaves. You can customize them with trims and banding. Consider pleated shades for a softer look. Flat Roman shades offer a tailored feel and can look very contemporary. Hobbled and Waterfall shades have fullness and personality. Many shades can be lowered from the top to create privacy below while maintaining your view above.

2. Drape it
Draperies can be working which mean they open and close or fixed for decorative purposes only. Drapery hardware manufacturers have really stepped up to offer functionality and design to allow limitless creativity in your bay. Grommet panels are simple and modern while pleated drapes offer elegance and tradition.

3. Top it
Valances are a great way to treat you bay window area. Cornices are another option with hundreds of style options whether you choose to put your fabric on a rod or a board covered treatment.

4. Layer it
Layering is always a designer’s dream. Combining a valance or cornice with draperies can create a dramatic WOW factor for a formal dining room.

5. Add seating
A bay is perfect for adding seating, color, softness, and storage. It is a great way to fill the bay space and make it a true focal point.

6. Shutter it
Wood shutters are still popular in all parts of the U.S. They offer great privacy and allow partial sun to shine in.

7. Enjoy the View
If you are lucky enough to have a wooded view with complete privacy, consider not covering your windows.


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