How To Decorate Your Bay Window
By: Architectural Visions
Bay windows are both a beautiful design element and a way to maximize the amount of natural light that can come into your space and at AVI Windows & Doors, we have many styles to choose from. The three-sectioned window adds character to any home; however, many homeowners struggle with the best window treatment to install for privacy, a decorative element, and blocking out the light. If you’re looking for ideas on how to decorate a bay window, read on for bay window decor ideas and ways to highlight this unique architectural element, from bay window curtains to practical ways to use this space.
Key takeaways for decorating a bay window:
- A bay window is a window with three sections that extend outward. The center window is a picture window, and the windows on either side are another style.
- Bay windows are an architectural detail that act as an extension of your house. When installing a bay window, it’s essential to consider what is in the exterior area.
- Because bay windows make a statement on their own, they don’t always require a window treatment. This can depend on how much privacy you desire, as well as the amount of sunlight the space gets
- If you prefer a window treatment, curtains, Roman shades and blinds are all excellent options.
- There are many ways to make the space more functional and beautifully designed to play up your bay window. Several examples include a breakfast nook, conversation area, office space, and more.
What is a bay window?
A bay window is a window with three sections that extend outward. The center window is a picture window, and the windows on either side is another style, often a casement window or a double-hung window. These two side windows are typically the same style.
Bay windows are an architectural detail that acts as an extension of your house. Therefore, it’s essential to consider what is in the exterior area when installing a bay window. Whether it’s a tree, shrubbery, or hardscaping, these materials will likely need to be moved to accommodate your house extending outward.
Bay windows add coveted natural light, can increase the square footage, which can add value to the home, and can create more livable space.
Types of window treatments for a bay window
Because bay windows make a statement on their own, they don’t always require a window treatment. This can be largely dependent on how much privacy you desire and the amount of sunlight the space gets. For example, suppose your bay window is on the back of the house and faces your beautifully landscaped, private backyard. In that case, you may choose not to hang a window treatment since you don’t necessarily need privacy and to avoid blocking your beautiful view and the natural sunlight that shines in.
If you prefer a window treatment, the style of your bay window is another factor determining the type of window treatment that makes the most sense for your specific window. The depth of the window and if there is a window seat are two primary factors that can influence the type of window treatment that will make the most sense, both functionally and aesthetically. Below are some commonly used window treatments on bay windows:
Hanging drapery panels above a bay window can range from a formal to a casual look, depending on the style of drapery you choose. Sheer, breezy curtains can result in a more relaxed, laid-back look, while drapery panels in a heavier fabric can result in a more elegant, formal look. Hanging the curtain rod six to twelve inches above the window casing at the top and on either side will create the illusion of a taller ceiling and more expansive windows. If your bay window has a window seat, the curtains should extend beyond the edge of the seat on either side, so you can comfortably sit down.
Roman shades are a low-maintenance option that offers full coverage. Roman shades are typically hung inside the window casing, and you can be creative with the color and pattern on the fabric. Roman shades are a great choice if you have a window seat, as they won’t get in the way.
Blinds, such as bamboo blinds, are another low-maintenance window treatment option for a bay window. Layering bamboo blinds with drapery is a layered look that adds texture, can offer different levels of light control and can also help insulate the room.
Decor ideas for bay windows
There are many ways to play up your bay window, make the space more functional and beautifully designed. Below are some ideas to decorate this area.
- Create a breakfast nook: A bay window in a kitchen is the perfect spot to add a table and chairs to create a breakfast nook, enjoy your first cup of coffee, eat breakfast with your family, or to catch up on some reading during an afternoon cup of tea.
- Design a window seat reading nook: Treating the window seat as an additional seating area creates more usable space for you and your guests to sit. It’s also an ideal space to add a cushion, fill with pillows, and create a space to read, lounge, nap, or daydream.
- Make a conversation area: You can create a conversation nook to catch up with a friend or take a phone call by adding accent chairs and an end table.
- Use as an office or homework: Adding a desk and chair to the bay window space can be a great way to work or do homework while benefiting from natural light. Adding a live plant to the desk can offer additional visual benefits and may even create a more relaxing area.
AVI Windows & Doors
Turn to a professional to help install bay windows by contacting the experts at AVI. AVI is your one-stop shop for installing all styles of windows, with in-person and online service options. In addition, AVI offers a wide variety of bay windows. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or come by one of our Southeast locations and let us help you!