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Charlotte Bay Windows Need Beautiful Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are often some of the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in Charlotte - and one of the most eye-catching types of these specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a feeling of coziness and fashion all at once - that is, if they’re paired with the right window covering.

But how do you decide which window treatment to choose? Just as with other unique windows, bay windows have their own factors to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Charlotte will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as show you the perfect partners for your Charlotte bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Enhance your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering can hide the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control over temperature and light levels - Bay windows can let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. You need a window treatment that keeps your home comfortable and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment needs to enhance your bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how well you can see out your window, and how well others are able to see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

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

  • Drapes - As with blinds, drapes negatively impact the visual appeal of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their primary benefits. Light control can also be ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - Some homeowners believe they should keep their bay window uncovered. The lone advantage of not installing a window treatment is an increase in visibility, but it limits your energy efficiency and light control, and can let people passing by get a clear view inside your home at all times.

Recommendations For Charlotte Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Brown honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Modern, easy on the wallet, and simple to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades can be purchased 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 allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, letting you get a great view while allowing for control of light levels.

Our cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from sheer to completely opaque, so a lack of privacy is not a worry. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades don’t bulk up at the top or at the side of the window when drawn, because they fold in so easily. That means you have the ability to preserve the beautiful look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length white shutters in family room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Charlotte homeowners the ability to showcase their bay windows’ looks while adding the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades however, by granting you even higher levels of light and visibility control with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even more freedom in how you complement their aesthetic with full or half length shutters.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a huge benefit. Polywood shutters can stop nearly 30° of temperature flow in your space if used correctly, meaning that comfort for your house is just a tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all of the competition, as they are the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters are also able to accentuate the wood frames around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Charlotte!

You might be keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Charlotte help your interior design soar with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Charlotte team today by calling 980-231-1116 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and bring window treatment samples straight to your house!
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