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5 Great Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2011

You have a beautiful bay window in your home and you are stumped as to what to use for window treatments. Here are 5 great window treatment options for dressing up your bay window.


Window Panels

Window or drapery panels come in all types of fabrics.  The choices are endless, from casual sheers to luxurious silk, the choice in fabric depends on the decor and feel of your home.  You also have options as to how to hang the panels.  They can be flanking each window individually, sheers can cover the windows filtering the light and adding privacy or a fabric panel can be place across each window and gathered in the middle with beautiful cording and/or tassels.



Valances offer the ability to see out the windows with minimal interference from the window treatment.  They also provide softness and a splash of color to the room.  Because a valance is only at the top of the window, it does offer the opportunity to be a bit bolder with your color or pattern choices.  Valances also come in a wide variety of styles, from tailored to swags with no trim or lots of trim. 



Bay Window ShadesWant a very clean look?  Shades mounted on the inside of the window frame are for you.  The styles and options available in shades these days are bountiful.  You could choose a roman shade in a beautiful fabric or go the “green” and earthy option of bamboo shades.  There are also cellular shades available that offer the ability to lower the shade from the top and/or from the bottom, giving you flexibility in your lighting and privacy options. 



ShuttersBay Window Shutters with Valance

Shutters including the popular Plantation shutters offer beauty and elegance.  They are available in white or in a variety of stained hard woods.  Shutters provide superior sun protection, light control and privacy.  They can be mounted on the inside or outside of your windows.  They add an element of architectural interest to any room.




A cornice box adds architectural interest and can make your ceiling appear taller.  Cornice boxes are traditionally made out of wood, although today there are many lightweight options available on the market.  They can either be wrapped in fabric or painted or stained.  A cornice box can be constructed to hide drapery rods or the top of the cornice can even be used to display collectibles or art.


There are many options available to dress your bay window.  Don’t be afraid to layer your treatments either  - using valances with coordinating panels or cornice boxes with panels and sheers.  Whichever treatment you choose, remember there is no absolute right way, only the way that makes you happy. 


Photo Credits:  Red Roman Shade  Valance with Shutters


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