A bay window is actually just a regular window but with an unusual feature that represents a window space projecting outward from the main walls, forming a bay in the room. Finding the right curtain design for these windows can be tricky; however, this article will discuss 3 of the most common bay window treatment ideas including roman shades, drapery panels and contemporary valances.
If you want a clean look that is also open then a Roman shade may be the right design choice for you. The Roman shade rolls up from the bottom and offers an elegant look. Try to find material for the Roman shades that match the furniture in the bay window area. If you want to be a bit bolder, you can always use neutral or contrasting colors. The great thing about Roman shades in the bay window is the sizes are standard so you do not have to worry about half sizes or shades that are too wide or not wide enough. Source: DoItYourself
Bay window treatments can sometimes be really difficult when it comes to designing the right curtain. Many times the wall space between bay windows will not allow for certain kinds of drapery hardware.
To save money, consider ready-made drapery panels. There are several places where you can purchase them. Target and Lowe’s both carry a wide variety of drapery panels.
My favorite company where I purchase ready-made panels is Half Priced Drapes.com They sell the most extensive line, at fabulous prices. Their quality is outstanding! Most of their panels start at $49! Be sure to check out their selection.
Measure from above your window where you will install your finials, to the floor. If you want your panels to puddle, then add around 12″. Half-Priced Drapery panels come in 84″, 96″, 108″, and 120″ lengths. So, choose the panels that fits closest to the size you need. Source: JenniferDecorates
A top treatment, like a valance, is a great solution to make a room open and inviting. In a formal room, designer Dave Stimmel likes to use shutters with a fabric valance on top with coordinating seat cushions and pillows. In other rooms, he suggests using a fixed valance with operating shades underneath for the option of privacy. Source: HGTV
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