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Bay Window Treatment

Bay window treatments give you more flexibility and allow for even more creativity than most other styles of windows. You can approach this window treatment simply or with drama. You can easily mix and match different window coverings, like shutters, blinds, shades and curtains, to give you the look and function you want for your bay window.

More than almost any other area of home furnishings, there is a huge number of possibilities when it comes to window treatments. A quick glance at any home furnishing catalogue or online will reveal literally thousands of possibilities when it comes to decorating your windows. The beauty of window treatments is that they are relatively inexpensive and easy to execute, especially when compared with other home furnishing endeavors. Installing a new bath or kitchen counter is a job for a professional, but window treatments are something that can usually be done on your own. One type of window with a large number of possibilities for window treatments is the bay window. You can creat. window coverings that keep the bay window as part of the room, or treat it as a separate room that can be opened and closed with the window covering.

When planning a bay window treatment, you have to think a little differently than with regular window treatments. Because you have a certain amount of depth to work in with the window, a bay window treatment can be thought of almost as a small entrance for showcasing other items, not just a simple window covering. For this reason many bay window treatments involve creating another "window" in the bay area. For example, if you have some plants and other knickknacks in the bay area itself, consider going with a large, straight swag. If you have matching curtains that are left open, ideally open just enough to create a width similar to that of the swag, you create a nice frame for the objects inside the bay.

When dealing with bay windows, in many cases you have to think about creating two separate window treatments. The outside treatment -- that is, the one that will hang flush with the wall, on the room-side of the bay -- is more of a showpiece, and the inside treatment -- the one flush with the window itself -- will be more functional.

For the inside treatment consider a shutter or blind, or better yet, a piece of light colored, highly translucent fabric, that will allow light to enter the bay even when the window curtain is partially closed. If executed correctly, this creates a glowing effect within the bay itself. Then you use the "outer" treatment more for privacy and insulation. Go for a dark color that both frames the bay, and contrasts with the light coming from within. One example of this idea is to use a rich, red set of curtains with matching large swag on the outside, and a simple sheer white blind in the inside.

Although it can be pleasant to create a frame -- and thus a separate space -- in your bay window area, you can also go another route: rather than keep the bay separate, you can bring it into the room. To do this, go for a sheer, translucent curtain on the outside of the bay i.e. closest to you. By placing some plants in the bay itself, you can create a starting effect; a shadowing outline of the plants behind the curtain, lit up by the sun.

Whatever your choice, you are fortunate to be dealing with a bay window, as it offers more interesting window treatments possibilities than almost any other type of window.

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