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July 29, 2016

The Best Window Treatments for Bow and Bay Windows

by Kim

Photo Credits: Albie BuabengEllie Lillstrom (@ellie.lillstrom)

Architectural details like bow or bay windows add beautiful character and visual interest to a room. Views to the outside are expansive and incoming light makes the space bright and cheerful. But at night, these feature windows can make you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. Window treatments offer much needed privacy during twilight hours, but many homeowners find it difficult to choose the right style for specialty shaped windows.

Are you having trouble determining the best window covering solution for your bow or bay window? Don’t sweat, there are many great options that will offer the privacy and light control you desire without detracting from the character of the windows.

Custom Cellular Shades


Streamline with cellular shades

Custom honeycomb shades are the perfect choice because they add texture and visual interest at the window, upping the wow factor of this architectural focal point. When lowered, shades provide privacy and light control. When raised, window treatments hide discreetly in the head rail and valance maximizing view through.

Custom Roman Shades


Go timeless with Roman Shades

For a look that never goes out of style, consider Roman shades for your bay window. These classic window treatments come in a variety of fold styles and sizes, as well as lots of beautiful finishing options for a look that can be modern or traditional.

For a whole room solution, consider pairing Roman shades with custom drapery in the same fabric for a cohesive look across all windows, regardless of window size and shape.

Custom Shutters


Amp up drama with blinds and shutters

Blinds and shutters are high impact window treatment styles that will enhance the look of your bow or bay window. To make window treatments appear as if they are structurally part of the window, choose stains and finishes that match the window casing and molding. To amp up the drama of these statement windows, choose custom blinds or shutters in a rich, contrasting stain to increase visual interest.

Hunter Douglas Heritance hardwood shutters are the perfect window covering solution for bow and bay windows offering privacy, light control and character.
Custom Wood Shutters


Beautify with custom drapery

If you wish your window treatments to play a more decorative role, then consider choosing custom drapery that offers softness and beauty. For easy installation, mount drapery on the wall outside the bow or bay window, framing the view. For more design impact, install drapery in the alcove using a custom curved or angled drapery rod.


Maximize visual interest by layering window treatments

If you’re still have a hard time deciding between window treatment styles, consider adding more than one window treatment to the space. Custom drapery pairs well with blinds, shades and shutters, offering softness to windows with more structured window treatments.

Ready to start your window coverings project? Sign-up for a free in-home design consultation with a designer in your area. Our design experts will help you choose the perfect window treatment for your bay, bow or specialty shaped windows.





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Fabric junkie, who has been in the window coverings industry for 15 years. I view window coverings as a functional, yet stylish element of the room that should not be overlooked when decorating.

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