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Bay Window Treatment Ideas and Decorating Tips

Sourabh Gupta
There's so much you can do for bay windows to create a space that uplifts your mood while turning a room into a work of art, whether simple or complex. Let's take a look at what options lay before you while decorating these windows.
Bay windows are an attractive feature in any home, giving it a touch of quiet elegance that can turn any dismal space into a homey and inviting one. The idea of having a set of bay windows at home or any space for that matter, is not only to invite an abundant spill of light but to create an illusion of spaciousness.
This kind of windows are usually polygonal or square in shape depending on what kind of space it is or how the room was designed. Depending upon the design plan, the extension of whichever kind is executed from the outside. It gives it an architectural beauty of its own when noticed by passersby or guests, while again creating that extra space from within.
No window is complete without a beautiful display of curtains. There are so many kinds available for one to pick and choose from, that buyers and interior decorators are spoiled for choice. From the many types of curtains available at one's disposal, the most commonly used kinds are:

Decorative Curtains (Swags)

Swags are a kind of decorative draping that fall in two shortened parallel drapes, while the center is folded gracefully across the two ends in a downward fashion. This design is more decorative than functional, but nonetheless a much-favored choice.

Decorative Curtains (Rosettes)

This kind of curtain detailing is more for show than anything else. It adds a little something extra to an ordinary design, where heavy and lush drapes are given subtle grandeur.

Bishop Sleeve Curtains

While this may seem old-fashioned to many, it is appealing because of its classic antiqueness. The name as it suggests, is a curtain that looks like a bishop's sleeve with the top dramatically pleated and puffed, the center cinched, and the rest of the curtain flowing towards the ground.

French Pleats

These are designed using a tape that tugs at a cord creating a pleat-like design which are sewn together to form a fan-like structure. The pleats are held using pleater hook. Heavy fabrics are used to give it the hold it needs to showcase the pleats.

Tab Top and Grommet Curtains

These curtains come with fabric loops that one can slip a rod easily through. Some fabric loops come with button detailing to unbutton the loops before placing them on the rods. These are best for home with colorful interiors.
Grommet of drapes come with metallic loops that allow them to easily slide across the curtain rod. These 'eyelets' as they're called are easy to move aside as compared to the tab top curtains' fabric loops. Either kind can be a pleasant addition to any bay window set up.

Specialty Curtains (Tie Back)

Curtains with either heavily laden or light fabric can take benefit of this type. Curtains are held back on either side of the windows using a tie-back cinch to secure the curtains. Tie-back cinches are use to hold a pair of curtains in place.


Valances are a purely decorative option, if you choose the right fabric. Simple fabrics ruin the idea of a valance where heavy drapery is the way to go.
Choose velvet as a primary option or similar reproductions to give it an opulent touch. Another great use of valances is to hide any hardware like rods, curtain rings, and the like, if you've opted for bare designs to hold up your drapes.

Window Blinds / Shades

While this may seem like a terribly official kind of addition, it is quite helpful in places that invite heavy sunlight. While natural light is one of the highlights of having bay windows, it can be rather frustrating when a ton of it comes streaming in.
Blinds don't have to be dull; colors and varied renditions of ordinary blinds can make all the difference. The best options are, "Roman shades", "woven shades", "bamboo blinds", and "linen pleated shades".
When decorating bay windows, use the mentioned treatment suggestions to turn any ordinary set into an eye-pleasing attraction.
While decorating with either blinds, valances, or drapes, be sure that the colors of these add-ons enhance those of the window panes and the interiors of the space of course. A clashing of colors is a huge no-no - ask for advice from an interior decorator without turning a space into a war zone of colors.