Boston Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

Holly Perron

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 offer a feeling of comfort and fashion all at the same time - that is, if they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one decide which window treatment to go with? Just as with other specialty window makes, bay windows have specific features to bear in mind. 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.

Plantation shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, boring window covering can mask the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s distinctive geometry.

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

  • Privacy - Just as a window treatment needs to accentuate 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.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically diminish 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 obscure 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 - Some homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The single upside to no window treatment is greater visibility, but it reduces your options for control of light and energy, and will let passersby get an easy view inside your home at all hours.

Recommendations For Boston Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Vertical cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Modern, budget-friendly, and easy to use, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they work so well on 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 your perfect 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 problem. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or along the top of your window when opened, since they fold in so effectively. That makes it so you’re able to keep the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Boston homeowners the ability to show off their bay windows’ shape 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-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even more flexibility 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 allure. Polywood shutters can restrict 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 can also accentuate the wood frames around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Boston!

You may be keeping your house from looking its best 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!