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Denver Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are typically the most visually charming features of homes in Denver - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of these specialty windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a feeling of comfort and fashion all at once - granted that they’re paired with the right window covering.

But how does one decide which window treatment to go with? Just like other unique windows, bay windows have individual features to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Denver will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Denver bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window covering might obscure the beauty of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s distinctive geometry.

  • Control over light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of heat and light from the sun. You want a window treatment that makes your house cozy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to enhance your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how clearly you can see outside your window, and how clearly others can see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hurt the glamour of specially-shaped windows, making them look somewhat cheap or generic. They also don’t deliver in controlling for light as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Similar to blinds, drapes hurt the aesthetic of bay windows by covering up their unique geometry, which is one of their primary appeals. Control over brightness is also ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners believe they should keep a bay window uncovered. The single advantage of going without a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so decreases your options for control of light and energy, and can let outsiders get a clear view inside your house at all times.

Recommendations For Denver Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable cellular shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, wallet-friendly, and easy to use, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and feature a top-down, bottom-up system which lets you lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get your perfect view while keeping light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a wide range of opacities, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is not a worry. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bunch up at the sides or along the top of the window when open, because they fold in so easily. So you have the ability to keep the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half white shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Denver homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades though, by offering even more effective control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even greater flexibility in how you complement their style with full-length or half-length shutters.

Because bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in the home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big draw. Polywood shutters can restrict nearly 30° of heat flow in your house if used correctly, meaning that a cozy space is a simple tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to accentuate the wood frame around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Denver!

You may be doing your house a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Denver help your interior design go the distance with our professional know-how. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Denver team today by calling 720-538-0182 to schedule a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and have product samples brought right to your house!
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