Bay and Bow Window Treatments

Bay and Bow Window Treatment Challenges

Bay and Bow Window Treatments

What’s the Difference?

 At first glance, bow and bay windows can look a lot alike. Both will do much to open up a room and let it breathe, giving the appearance of more space and letting in more light while adding a splash of glamour to any room.

Bay Windows

A bay window has three openings, available in angled projections. A bow window usually has four or five.

A bay window’s overall structure consists of a picture window with two other windows, usually smaller, on either side. A bow window’s structure is curved, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home.

Bay windows that are recessed into the wall can create a lovely reading nook or planter area — but are also hard to reach. They tend to be extremely wide, which makes reaching blinds in the middle a difficult task.

Bow Windows

Bay and Bow Window Treatments

Similar to bay windows, bow windows extend beyond the exterior wall, but sweep away from the wall in a graceful arch of four, five, or six windows.  This elegant window style is typically larger than the bay window style and has more glass area because of a curve in lieu of corners.

As with bay windows, adding a window seat to your bow window can be a quick and easy room addition. If you’re adding a bench seat below your window, consider it an opportunity for extra storage! If you’re looking to make your room appear bigger and brighter, bow windows are perfect.

Choosing your Window Treatment

Both Bay and Bow windows often present challenges when balancing minimal mounting depth and light/privacy gaps.  Shutters and Honeycomb shades are an excellent choice due to the minimal mounting depth required.

Shutters are a great option if you want a classic, Provencal look. You can choose from a variety of stains and paints, so you can create the look you want. If your bay windows are in the kitchen or in the bathroom, opt for faux wood shutters. They’re moisture-resistant and durable, so they’ll last much longer in that environment.

Top down/bottom up cell shades are also great if you want to keep your privacy and still let in some natural light. And the honeycomb construction helps insulate your windows, so you can ultimately save energy and save money.

Whatever your style, the right window treatments for your bay or bow windows will be the ones that accentuate the architectural merits instead of simply covering them up.

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