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Austin Bay Windows Deserve Beautiful Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are usually the most visually charming hallmarks of homes in Austin - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those specialty windows are bay windows. From either the inside or outside, bay windows grant a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - that is, if they’re paired with a great window covering.

But how does a homeowner know which window covering to pick? Just as with other specialty window types, bay windows have specific features to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Austin will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Austin bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window treatment might obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s distinctive shape.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows tend to let in a good amount of light and heat from outside. You want a window treatment that keeps your house comfy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how much you can see out your home, and how much others can see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds usually diminish the charm of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem somewhat generic or cheap. They also underperform in controlling brightness as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes negatively impact the aesthetic of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness tends to be ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners believe they should keep a bay window uncovered. The single advantage of not installing a window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so decreases your options for control of light and energy, and will let people passing by get an easy look inside the house at all hours.

Top Picks For Austin Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Stylish, easy on the wallet, and a breeze to use, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available 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 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 also come in a wide range of transparencies, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is not a problem. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or along the top of your window when opened, since they fold in so seamlessly. So you’re able to keep the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Austin homeowners the ability to show off their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by granting you even more effective control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-made for your windows, you can have even more freedom in how you accentuate their aesthetic with full-length or half-length shutters.

Since bay windows are typically some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a huge draw. Polywood shutters can restrict up to 30° of air flow in your space if used correctly, which means that comfort for your home is just a tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters surpass all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can accentuate the wood border around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Austin!

You might be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Austin help your interior design soar with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Austin team today by calling 512-549-6077 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples right to your house!
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