Shutters in a craft room

Detroit Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are typically the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in Detroit - and one of the most attention-drawing types of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the interior or exterior, bay windows grant a look of coziness and fashion all at the same time - that is, if they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

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

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window covering can mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching shape.

  • Control over light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. You need a window treatment that will make your home comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how well you’re able to see outside your home, and how clearly those on the outside can see in.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically hinder the charm of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes hurt the visual appeal of bay windows by covering up their unique geometry, which is one of their central appeals. Control over brightness is also an “all or nothing” choice with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The single advantage of not installing a window treatment is an increase in visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and can let people outside your window get an easy view inside the home at all times.

The Best Choices For Detroit Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable cellular shades in lounge bow window. 

Stylish, wallet-friendly, and a breeze 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 give you. These shades can be purchased in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down/bottom-up system that allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get your perfect view while allowing for light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is not a concern. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bunch up at the top or at the side of the window when opened, because they fold in so effectively. That way you can maintain the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half plantation shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Detroit homeowners the opportunity to showcase their bay windows’ shape while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades though, by offering even better control of light and visibility with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-built for your windows, you can have even greater leeway in how you complement their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows are typically some of the largest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big draw. Polywood shutters can block up to 30° of air flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that a cozy space is a simple tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters surpass all of the competition, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood frame around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Detroit!

You might be keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Detroit help your interior design reach new heights with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Detroit team today by calling 248-429-9294 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your home!
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