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Raleigh Bay Windows Need Beautiful Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are often some of the most visually charming qualities of houses in Raleigh - and one of the most attention-drawing types of these unique windows are bay windows. Whether from the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a feeling of coziness and fashion all at the same time - if they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one know which window covering to choose? Just as with other specialty window makes, bay windows have individual features to think about. Sunburst Shutters Raleigh will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then show you the perfect partners for your Raleigh bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window treatment can obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows tend to let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. You want a window covering that will keep your house cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment should enhance a bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how well you can see out your window, and how clearly others are able to see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling for light as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes bring down the visual appeal of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their main benefits. Light control is also an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think they should keep their bay window uncovered. The singular advantage of no window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so limits your energy efficiency and light control, and can let people passing by get an easy look inside your home at all hours.

Recommendations For Raleigh Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and a breeze to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades are available in different cell sizes, from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down/bottom-up system that allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get your perfect view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a wide range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so a lack of privacy is never a problem. In addition, unlike some other shades, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the top or near the side of the window when opened, because they fold in so seamlessly. That makes it so you can maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half plantation shutters in family room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Raleigh homeowners the chance to showcase their bay windows’ looks while enjoying the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by offering even more effective light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-built for your windows, you can enjoy even more freedom in how you enhance their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a big draw. Polywood shutters can restrict up to 30° of air flow in your house if used correctly, which means that a cozy space is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are also able to complement the wood frames around bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Raleigh!

You’re keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Raleigh help your windows go the distance with our professional know-how. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Raleigh team today by calling 919-887-9198 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your house!
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