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How to Dress Bay Windows

When you look at your home, your neighbour’s house, or almost anybody’s property from the outside, the eye is automatically drawn to the front, or more specifically, the ground floor front window. It’s the window to the world, inside and out. That’s why it’s essential to have a stylish front window installed in your home.

There is nothing more stylish, or more eye-catching in any home than a bay window. They’re a space where you can enjoy watching the world go by from. But it’s not enough to just have a bay window, to show it off right, it needs to be dressed well.

Bay windows are very common in period houses but are becoming increasingly popular in modern, contemporary homes. This is proof that the best architectural style is timeless. That’s not to say finding the right balance of shutters, blinds or curtains to fit is easy. There are a multitude of ways to dress a bay window so it looks incredible. So let’s take a look at ways in which you can dress your bay windows that suit any budget.


Dressing Bay Windows 101

The real benefit of a bay window is the extra light that it brings into the home, but this can also work against it. Too much sunlight can affect the room if you’re trying to watch TV, and can also limit the privacy you enjoy with all the extra angles nosey-parkers can see in from. This is one thing you can address easily when dressing your bay window.


A bare bay window

Blinds for Bay Windows 

Blinds will go a long way to addressing these kinds of issues. Having individual blinds, either Venetian, roller or roman, means you can adjust them separately. The thickness of the blinds is up to you, but make sure they’re lined.

Even having blinds at differing levels creates a lovely ambience in the room. They can also be raised or lowered to just the right height to stop the outside passers-by looking in, without stopping the light. They also have a lovely way of diffusing the sunlight coming in. If you’re looking for blinds for bay windows, then this is a fantastic way to go.


Curtains for Bay Windows 

If you prefer fabric hanging from the ceiling, then you’re probably looking for curtains. Curtains in a bay window can look amazing, but there are some things to look out for. Because of the extra glazing that a bay window gives you, heat can escape more easily. If you’re opting for curtains, it’s better to go for those with a thermal lining to retain heat.

Most curtains in a bay window will go from floor to ceiling. This gives a warm, cosy vibe and adds a real sophisticated look to any bay window. You can also double-down and use curtains in addition to blinds which looks fantastic and gives maximum flexibility in terms of style.


Shutters for Bay Windows 

Blinds and curtains aren’t the only options you have when dressing your bay window. Window shutters have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and offer a whole new take on decor when thinking about how to utilise your window.

Shutters look fantastic, especially in these uniquely shaped windows. Chances are you’re going to need made-to-measure shutters, but don’t let that deter you. The louvres (or slats) of the shutters will be designed to fit that particular section of the window, giving you total creative control. Shutters can also be adjusted individually, so you can limit or maximise the light coming into the room, not to mention control of your privacy.

Bay windows are a huge bonus for those homes that have them, so it’s only natural that you want to optimise them and make them look incredible. Whether you opt for blinds, shutters, curtains or a mixture, there are a multitude of ways to dress them and ensure they look stunning, no matter which side you’re looking at them from.


If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you dress your bay windows, please get in touch with our friendly team today on 01234 841535 or head over to our contact page for more information.