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Virginia Beach Bay Windows Deserve Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types can be the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in Virginia Beach - and one of the most attention-drawing types of those unique windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows offer a feeling of coziness and fashion all at once - if they’re combined with the right window covering.

But how does one decide which window treatment to go with? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have their own considerations to think about. Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as show you the best choices for your Virginia Beach bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window treatment might obscure the beauty of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that enhances your bay window’s distinctive shape.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows can let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. Select a window treatment that makes your space comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment should complement a bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how well you’re able to see outside your window, and how well people outside can see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hinder the beauty of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem somewhat generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - As with blinds, drapes bring down the visual appeal of bay windows by hide their unique shape, which is one of their central benefits. Control over brightness can also be an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The singular advantage of going without a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and will let people outside your window get an undeterred view inside your house at all hours.

Top Picks For Virginia Beach Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Adjustable cellular shades in lounge bow window. 

Stylish, wallet-friendly, and simple to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the amount 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 that allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get fantastic visibility while allowing for control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is never a worry. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of the window when opened, since they fold in so effectively. So you have the ability to maintain the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half white shutters in den bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Virginia Beach homeowners the chance to display their bay windows’ shape while adding the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by giving you even higher levels of light and visibility control due to their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even greater leeway in how you accentuate their aesthetic with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows are typically some of the biggest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a huge draw. Polywood shutters can block nearly 30 degrees of temperature flow in your space if used correctly, which means that a cozy space 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. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood frames around bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Virginia Beach!

You may be doing your space a disservice if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach help your interior design reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach team today by calling 757-210-6448 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your house!