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Orlando Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are typically the most visually appealing qualities of homes in Orlando - and one of the most eye-catching examples of these specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows give a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - if they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

But how do you decide which window covering to pick? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have individual considerations to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Orlando will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and show you the perfect partners for your Orlando bay windows.

White shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, boring window treatment can mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows can let in a lot of light and heat from outside. You need a window covering that keeps your house comfy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how much you’re able to see out your home, and how clearly others are able to see in.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically hurt the beauty of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking rather generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - As with blinds, drapes negatively impact the charm of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their primary features. Control over brightness tends to be a zero sum game when you go with drapes.

  • Nothing - Some homeowners believe it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The lone upside to no window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so limits your control over light and heat, and can let passersby get a clear look inside the house at all hours.

The Best Choices For Orlando Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Adjustable honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, budget-friendly, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on 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 feature a top-down, bottom-up system that lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get a great view while allowing for control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades are also available in a range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is never a problem. In addition, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades never bunch up at the sides or along the top of your window when open, because they fold in so easily. That means you can maintain the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half white shutters in den bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Orlando homeowners the chance to display their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades however, by offering even higher levels of control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even greater flexibility in how you enhance their aesthetic with full-length or half-length shutters.

Due to the fact that bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a huge allure. Polywood shutters can restrict up to 30° of heat flow in your house when used correctly, meaning that a cozy home is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can complement the wood frame around bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Orlando!

You may be keeping your home from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Orlando help your interior design go the distance with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Orlando team today by calling 407-630-7011 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your timeline and have product samples brought right to your home!
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