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The Best Treatment Options for Bay Windows
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

 Do you have bay windows that need a little spruce? Here are the best windows treatments for bay windows to keep the light controlled and add design flair.

 Bay windows are often the architectural centerpiece of the space they occupy. They add a ton of natural light and visual interest to any room.

However, being so large and dramatic, it can be a little intimidating trying to find the right window treatments for bay windows.

Read on for some tips on deciding among blinds, shutters, curtains, or some combination of window treatments.

Choosing the Best Window Treatments for Bay Windows

When deciding what type of window treatments would be best for your bay windows, consider your goal for the room. Are you looking to control the levels of natural light? Blinds might be the best choice.

Are you concerned about maintaining your privacy? Shutters or heavy shades could be the way to go.

Do you want to provide more insulation for your home? Shutters or cellular blinds would do the trick.

It's also important to consider the visual style of the room. If your decor is more modern, you might like the look of cellular shades to complement the vibe. If you like something a bit more rustic, window treatments in a wood finish are always a good choice. 


Shutters come in a variety of sizes and styles to meet your specific needs. Full shutters are one of the most common options. They cover the whole window and offer great light control and privacy. 

If you want to allow more natural light into the space, cafe style shutters are an option that covers only the bottom half of the window. Although it may be surprising, shutters are a good option for windows that are exceptionally large or an unusual shape. Shutters can be measured and built to your windows' exact specifications.

Shutters for your bay window can be installed using either a special bay frame or individual ones on each part of the window. Consider getting a professional opinion before you purchase shutter blinds for your bay window. A professional can walk you through your options and help you decide on the best one for your home. 


Blinds are a window treatment option made of plastic, wood, or metal arranged in slats. They tend to be durable, low-maintenance, and very functional.

Blinds for bay windows are a classic option—and for good reason. They provide privacy and let you control light levels easily. They are easy to clean, and they tend to be a budget-friendly option.

Blinds are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. For example, wood blinds offer classic charm. Cellular blinds, or honeycomb blinds, have a modern look and help to insulate your home. 

Shades are a great window treatment option if you want privacy and don't like the slatted look of blinds. Shades tend to be affordable and fairly durable.

In a general sense, the difference between blinds and shades are that blinds are a "hard" treatment with slats and shades are a "soft" treatment made of fabric, but there is some overlap in the terminology. For example, bamboo blinds technically have slats, but they behave more like a sheer shade.

The main downside of shades is there aren't many adjustment options for light levels. However, options like sheer shades allow you to have privacy while still allowing in some natural light. Another unique option is wooden shades, which add texture to a room.
Curtains or Drapes

There are many elements to consider when choosing curtains or drapes for your bay windows. Although many people think of them as the same thing, there are many differences between curtains and drapes. For example, curtains tend to be a lighter, more sheer fabric while drapes are lined to block out light and reach all the way to the floor.

Keep these factors in mind when choosing between curtains and drapes and which type of each. Choose a fabric that complements your home decor. Then decide how to mount the curtains or drapes for the best visual impact.

For example, you can mount them on the inside of the window frame for a more understated look. The fabric will serve to highlight the windows without overwhelming them.

On the other hand, mounting your curtains or drapes outside the window frame makes a dramatic statement. This can make your bay windows seem even larger. 

Another unique option is to mount the curtains or drapes on the wall in the interior of the room outside the bay. This will showcase the windows like a work of art. 
Valances and Cornices

Valances are a small, decorative window treatment that can make a big visual impact. Valances take up space only at the very top of a window, adding style and softness without blocking the view.

Valances are made of fabric, but if you prefer a harder option, cornices are similar to valances but made of wood. Valances and cornices are mostly decorative, but they can also serve to hide parts of other window treatments, such as shades when they are rolled up. 

Get Creative and Combine Window Treatments

You can often get the greatest visual impact by combining different types of window treatments. For example, you can pair a valance with shutters for style and privacy. Combining treatments creates dimension and visual interest while giving you better control of light levels and privacy. 

When choosing window treatments for bay windows, think of it as an opportunity to showcase your home's unique design. Check out our blog for more ideas about how to bring your home decor to the next level. 
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