Bay windows add a third dimension to the living interior space. They are appealing from inside as they are from outside a home. A bay window simply makes the house feel larger and brighter. They invite the outdoors 'in'. Bay window can be traced to medieval architecture when windows were placed in the bay of castles' great hall. Bay windows are specially designed windows that create a niche in a home filled with light. We explore various bay window treatments and look at bay window curtain styles.
Bay window appearance
Bay windows give an exterior expression of a bay within a structure. Bay in this context refer to interior recess made by the outward projection of a wall. Bay windows are typically three separate windows joined together to form one large viewing area. The center window is commonly fixed to a frame window or operating casement window which may be double hung or casement window which is fully operational. Of course, one can choose between fixed windows, vented windows or a combination of fixed frame and vented windows.
Traditionally bay windows were three windows, with one large picture window flanked by smaller windows on the sides set at 30, 45, 60 and 90 degree angles. A bay window may be rectangular, polygonal or arc shaped. Each of the bay windows comes in a variety of angles and window options. Technically bay windows are most commonly used on the inside corners of the bay at 90, 135 and 150 degrees.
Bay window styles
Bay windows advantage
Bay window curtains
Bay window curtains or coverings reduce sunlight, provide better control of lighting in a room, protect privacy and preserve furniture and wood floors from harmful sun rays. Window coverings also help reduce heating bills especially during winter times.
Window blinds and shades dim a room along with visual privacy. In this context, plantation blinds offer exceptional control of lighting. Fabric, metal and wooden blinds help create various settings in a room. Shutter like Venetian blinds which may be mini, micro and slats and shade like honey comb, woven woo and Roman shades are a great choice in bay window coverings.
Shutters are solid window covering panels. They comprise of top and bottom rails, side rails and louvers. Shutters made of polywood are also available. These are resistant to moisture, easy to clean and offer superior light control. Above all they are stronger than wood, termite proof and great energy savers.
Bay window treatments
Pinch pleated drapes, insulated drapery panels with foam backing, tab top drapes, velvet drapes, simple valances, detailed cornices and a lot more…bay windows can be treated with a large variety of curtains and drapes.
Each bay window reveals a unique set of circumstances and dictates what style of treatment should be used. A bay window can have inside mounted café curtains or Roman shades with contrast banding, tailored and traditional.
Alternatively one can skip bay window curtains altogether and treat the bay windows with blinds and window topper such as a valance or cornice. Many interior decorators feel that sheer can be an excellent suggestion for bay windows. Sheers add elegance to window treatments.