Join our newsletter Name: Your Email Address Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Thank you for signing up to Realhomes. Bay windows were mostly present in Victorian times, particularly in the British Isles, and what's so wonderful about them is that they offer a world of opportunity in terms of design.
Their unique shape means that you'll have to get creative with different window treatment ideas as a standard curtain rail will not necessarily cut it.
From dressing your bay to decorating the surrounding area, there are lots of ways to fill that additional space underneath the window itself also, to ensure that it's put to best use.
Drapery panels are a graceful addition to a bay window and work well on their own or paired with shades or blinds. Lucy Askew, spokesperson for home interior experts Hillarys (opens in new tab) says, 'Bay windows increase the flow of natural light into your home and give you views of the outside that you wouldn’t get with an ordinary window.'
'To emphasise this, pick out lightweight Rollers or sheer Pleated blinds, which create a lovely ambience by allowing sunlight to gently filter into your room.' 'Roller blinds in a sheer fabric are a good choice for bay windows, as they also offer enhanced levels of daytime privacy while still allowing lovely diffuse sunlight to fill a room.' Using this spot also to place a neutral-colored cabinet makes for one of the most functional bay window ideas also for added living room storage.
Shutters pack a visual punch, especially if you like a modern design factor and custom-made fittings will help make the most of the bay window's shape. For a start, choosing made-to-measure shutters means each panel is designed to fit each section of the window. Bright and functional, a layered shutter look will add structure to even the coziest of living room spaces.
'Tier-on-Tier shutters are a versatile option, as the top and bottom halves of the shutters open independently of each other, so you can throw open the top set to let some sunlight in while keeping the bottom set closed for a little more privacy.' Elizabeth of @victorianhouse1986 (opens in new tab) added her sofa to the small spot between the bay window panels – an option that some steer away from.
'I chose to put a sofa in my bay window as the opposite side (where the photo has been taken from in the first picture) has previously been knocked through into the dining room and is therefore open. Wall paneling around the bay window enhances its naturally beautiful design, in-keeping with the home's era and adding a little modern character also.
Hillary's shows how you can find interestingly shaped seating and other types of furniture like this fabric chaise longue to fill the seemingly awkward gap between the outer two window panels. The perfect viewing spot for a morning coffee or to place to relax with an evening read.
'You can beautifully highlight the bones of a bay window with Roman shades crafted from a rich fabric.' Adding a built-in seat to a bedroom bay window is a classic, failsafe look that makes great use of the space. To let in as much light as possible and to complement the natural moldings of the bay window frames, choosing simple soft roman shades in the same color as the paintwork will create a seamless and open finish.
Adding drama and a little luxury via your living room curtains is a quick win in the design world. 'Fully-lined curtains are perfect for creating a sophisticated finish, floor-to-ceiling drama and a warm and cozy ambience. Frosted film is a grand idea for those renting especially or, those undecided about what to dress their bay windows with.
Askew adds, 'Although they are usually associated with period properties, bay windows can be found in contemporary homes too.