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Seattle Bay Windows Deserve Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are often some of the most visually striking qualities of houses in Seattle - and one of the most attention-drawing examples of these unique windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows grant a feeling of coziness and fashion simultaneously - that is, if they’re paired with the perfect window treatment.

But how does a homeowner know which window covering to select? Just as with other specialty window makes, bay windows have individual features to think about. Sunburst Shutters Washington will guide you through the bay window treatment checklist, and offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Seattle bay windows.

White shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Enhance your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window covering might obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique geometry.

  • Control over light and temperature levels - Bay windows tend to let in a lot of light and heat from outside. Choose a window covering that makes your house comfortable and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment needs to complement your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how well you can see outside your home, and how well others can see in.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically hurt the appeal of uniquely-shaped windows, which can make them seem rather cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes bring down the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness can also be an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners believe it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The singular upside to not installing a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so decreases your energy efficiency and light control, and can let people outside your window get a clear look inside the home at all hours.

The Best Choices For Seattle Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, budget-friendly, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades can be purchased in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down, bottom-up system that lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, letting you get your perfect view while allowing for light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a wide range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so losing your privacy is not a problem. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or along the top of the window when drawn, since they fold in so easily. So you have the ability to keep the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half plantation shutters in den bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Seattle homeowners the ability to show off their bay windows’ shape while enjoying the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective light and visibility control with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even more freedom in how you enhance their aesthetic with full-length or half-length shutters.

Because bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big benefit. Polywood shutters can stop close to 30 degrees of air flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is a quick tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, as they are the only five star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters can also accentuate the wood frame around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Seattle!

You’re keeping your home from looking its best if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Washington help your interior design go the distance with our professional experience. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Washington team today by calling 360-464-2277 to set up a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples right to your house!