A custom feature like bay windows can add a great deal of natural light to the space. Whether your bay window is a large opening in the living room, or a smaller one in the kitchen, it will be functional and beautiful at the same time.
A History of Bay Windows
Historically, this type of window was designed for the simply purpose of letting more light into a space than a flush window ever could. The style came into popular use during the Queen Anne architecture around the 1870’s, and remains popular until today.
Originally used in predominantly in mansions, bay windows have only gained momentum and popularity since their inception 150 years ago. They are not only limited to residential homes, but can also be found in architecture for much larger buildings. That’s because of their ability to more natural light to infiltrate the home, along with helping to make any room appear larger.
Depending on its installation, a bay window may also leave a space for a bench to create additional seating. Whether you actually use the area for seating or other purposes, the choice is yours. The term bay window now describes a variety of windows that protrude from the wall, and can actually refer to several different designs and shapes.
If your home already has a bay window or you are thinking of installing one, this style can be a great addition to your home. Of course, after the window comes the dressings; the next step is to find the right coverings for your beautiful window.
Window Covering Options
Although a bay window is a great way to let in the light, you probably don’t want light to be coming into your home at all times. A great way to control the amount of light that comes in through your bay window is through motorized window treatments. Thanks to the convenience of automation and the ability to control exactly how much light you let into your space at the touch of a button, you’ll be able to get the best out of your bay window.
For example, if your bay window is in your living room and the afternoon sun is beaming into the window, you may find that your room begins to get warmer. Adding a motorized window treatment will allow you to customize exactly how low your shade will come down in order to control both the light and the temperature. Of course, if motorized window treatments aren’t your thing, don’t worry–you have plenty of other options as well.
A valance or top treatment is another option to maximize the potential of your bay window. A reliable professional will be able to measure your window and make a customized pole designed to fit your exact window size. As a result, you’ll get the best fit and function for your window treatments, and so your valance or drapes will be a perfect match.
If you do decide to go with a valance or a valance and drapes, you still may want to consider using a blind. The blinds or shades will all have to be separate for each window panel that makes up part your bay window. But depending on the look you want, you can have them adjusted to the perfect height and never move them during the day.
A bay window is a great part of your home. Many homeowners value it not just because it adds light, but also because it becomes a statement piece for the room in which it lives. Depending on your style, you can emphasize your personal taste within the window through its coverings. Whether you want to go with a classic look, or an edgy, bold fabric–the sky’s the limit. Or, if you’re looking for a more modern style, you can do with a motorized window covering instead. Regardless of your style choice, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your bay window for years to come.