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Boston Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are often some of the most visually striking hallmarks of homes in Boston - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those unique windows are bay windows. From either inside the home or outside, bay windows grant a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - granted that they’re combined with a great window treatment.

But how does a homeowner decide which window treatment to go with? Just as with other specialty window makes, bay windows have specific features to take into account. Sunburst Shutters Boston will guide you through the bay window treatment checklist, as well as offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Boston bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Enhance your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window covering can mask the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows can let in a lot of heat and light from outdoors. You want a window covering that will make your home comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Privacy - Just as a window treatment needs to enhance a bay window’s structure, it should also let you control how clearly you can see out your window, and how clearly those on the outside are able to see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds usually hinder the appeal of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem somewhat generic or cheap. They also underperform in controlling light levels as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - As with blinds, drapes bring down the charm of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their central appeals. Control over brightness tends to be ”all or nothing” when you go with drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The lone upside to no window treatment is greater visibility, but it decreases your options for control of light and energy, and will let passersby get an easy view inside your home at all hours.

Top Picks For Boston Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Brown cellular shades in lounge bow window. 

Modern, easy on the wallet, and easy to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the level 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 allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get a great view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a worry. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the top or near the side of your window when opened, since they fold in so effectively. That makes it so you can preserve the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Boston homeowners the opportunity to show off their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters go above and beyond cellular shades however, by granting you even higher levels of control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-made for your windows, you can benefit from even more leeway in how you add to their aesthetic with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in the home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30 degrees of air flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that a cozy home is just a tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, as they are the only five star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can accentuate the wood frame around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Boston!

You may be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Boston help your windows soar with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Boston team today by calling 781-352-2205 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your house!
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