Bay Window • Bay Window Treatment • Bay Window Curtain Rods
Excepts from Ideas for Great Window Treatments from Sunset Books
Graceful and romantic, bay windows are windows everyone loves to have in a home — but few know how to treat. A bay window is a recessed window with angled sections. If the view is outstanding and privacy and light control are not concerns, this is a wonderful window to leave uncovered. Most bay windows, however, require window treatments. If your bay window features handsome window frames, consider playing them up with individual, inside-mounted cafe curtains, shades, or blinds. Roman shades with contrast banding are tailored and traditional.
Over simple shades or blinds on closely spaced windows, add a continuous valance or a series of shallow swags. Plan carefully so the top treatment conceals the undertreatments when they're raised. Rod-pocket curtains and curtains on rings require a hinged, flexible, or custom-bent rod. If there is space, hang a stationary panel between windows and at each outer window. For a bay window with little space between windows, flank the entire window area with a pair of panels and top the treatment with a cornice.