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Philadelphia Bay Windows Need Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are oftentimes some of the most visually charming qualities of homes in Philadelphia - and one of the most eye-catching types of those unique windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows grant a look of comfort and fashion simultaneously - if they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one know which window covering to select? Just like other specialty window makes, bay windows have their own features to think about. Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia will guide you through the bay window treatment checklist, and then offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Philadelphia bay windows.

White shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A badly-chosen, boring window covering can mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching shape.

  • 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 treatment that will keep your house cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should accentuate a bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how much you can see outside your window, and how clearly others are able to see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically diminish the appeal of specially-shaped windows, making them look rather generic or cheap. They also underperform in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes bring down the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their central benefits. Light control is also ”all or nothing” when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - A few homeowners think they should keep their bay window uncovered. The singular reason for not installing a window treatment is greater visibility, but it limits your energy efficiency and light control, and can let passersby get a clear look inside your house at all times.

Recommendations For Philadelphia Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Adjustable cellular shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, budget-friendly, and a breeze to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to 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 a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down, bottom-up system that lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get a great view while maintaining control of light levels.

Our cellular shades also come in a range of transparencies, from slightly see-through to opaque, so losing your privacy is not a problem. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or near the top of the window when drawn, since they fold in so effectively. That way you have the ability to maintain the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half plantation shutters in family room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Philadelphia homeowners the chance to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while adding the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades however, by offering even more effective control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even more flexibility in how you accentuate their looks with full-length or half-length shutters.

Since bay windows are typically some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can restrict up to 30 degrees of heat flow in your home when used correctly, which means that comfort for your home is a quick tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters outperform all of the competition, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood border around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Philadelphia!

You might be doing your space a disservice if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia help your windows reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia team today by calling 215-874-4897 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your door!
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