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Bay window ideas – 10 ways to decorate and dress yours

by Monika Bürger
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Bay windows are beautiful features that you’ll usually find in historic homes. They consist of three separate window panels that protrude from the inner room creating more space, architectural interest and bringing more natural light into the space also – be that a living room, kitchen, or bedroom

Bay windows were mostly present in Victorian times, particularly in the British Isles, and what’s so wonderful about them is that they offer a world of opportunity in terms of design. Their unique shape means that you’ll have to get creative with different window treatment ideas as a standard curtain rail will not necessarily cut it. And, if you do want curtains all the way across, you’ll need to invest in made-to-measure options that work around those bends.

From dressing your bay to decorating the surrounding area, there are lots of ways to fill that additional space underneath the window itself also, to ensure that it’s put to best use. ‘These elegant windows are often the centerpiece of a room. Drapery panels are a graceful addition to a bay window and work well on their own or paired with shades or blinds. For the latter, plantation-style shutters pack a visual punch. Outside-mounted window coverings are often an ideal choice for bay windows in order to preserve their clean lines.’ According to blinds and shades specialists at Stoneside.

WHAT DO BAY WINDOWS DO?

Lucy Askew, spokesperson for home interior expert Hillarys says, ‘Bay windows increase the flow of natural light into your home and give you views of the outside that you wouldn’t get with an ordinary window.’ It’s important to choose the best types of window treatment to suit and enhance the functionality of your bay windows. ‘To emphasize this, pick out lightweight Rollers or sheer Pleated blinds, which create a lovely ambiance by allowing sunlight to gently filter into your room.’

Outside-mounted window coverings are often an ideal choice for bay windows in order to preserve their clean lines.’ Suggests Stoneside.

1. SPACE-ENHANCING PATTERNED ROLLER BLINDS

Blue patterned roller blinds on bay windows in white living room with accent floor lamp
(Image credit: English Blinds)

Roller blinds in a sheer fabric are a good choice for bay windows, as they also offer enhanced levels of daytime privacy while still allowing lovely diffuse sunlight to fill a room.’ Notes Askew. Using this spot also to place a neutral-colored cabinet makes for one of the most functional bay window ideas also for added living room storage.

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2. BESPOKE OPTIONS

Bay windows with green full wooden shutters and cream fabric couch, armchair and area rug
(Image credit: Hillarys)

Shutters pack a visual punch, especially if you like a modern design factor and custom-made fittings will help make the most of the bay window’s shape. ‘Because there are many different types of bay windows – from angled bay to multifaceted bay and bow windows – and the shape of each is unique, it is important to select a bespoke window covering that will fit perfectly.’ Says Askew. ‘Our Shutters range is perfect for homes with uniquely shaped windows. For a start, choosing made-to-measure shutters means each panel is designed to fit each section of the window. The result is something tailored to your home and very special.’

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3. TIER-ON-TIER FOR A LAYERED APPROACH 

Wooden bay window shutters frame dark living room sofa and armchairs with house plants on mantle
(Image credit: Hillarys)

Bright and functional, a layered shutter look will add structure to even the coziest of living room spaces. ‘Tier-on-Tier shutters are a versatile option, as the top and bottom halves of the shutters open independently of each other, so you can throw open the top set to let some sunlight in while keeping the bottom set closed for a little more privacy.’ Adds Askew.

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3. CLEVER SOFA POSITIONING

Blue living room with wooden floors neutral colored sofas and white bay windows with slatted white binds
(Image credit: @victorianhouse1896)

Elizabeth of @victorianhouse1986  added her sofa to the small spot between the bay window panels – an option that some steer away from. Though, you can see by how beautiful it looks and how useful it is, that it is one to try. ‘I chose to put a sofa in my bay window as the opposite side (where the photo has been taken from in the first picture) has previously been knocked through into the dining room and is therefore open. The sofa here allows you a full front-to-back view of the house. With the addition of an arched lamp and some throws, it’s a cozy spot especially in winter.’

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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4. ENHANCING THE ARCHITECTURE WITH PANELING

Corner of living room with pink armchair navy blue walls and part of a bay window
(Image credit: @victorianhouse1896)

Wall paneling around the bay window enhances its naturally beautiful design, in keeping with the home’s era and adding a little modern character also. Elizabeth used every inch of the surrounding space also for trinkets to add more design personality.

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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5. AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ELABORATE FURNITURE

Blush curtains and roman shade bay window window treatments with blue patterned chaise longue
(Image credit: Hillarys)

Hillary’s shows how you can find interestingly shaped seating and other types of furniture like this fabric chaise longue to fill the seemingly awkward gap between the outer two window panels. The perfect viewing spot for a morning coffee or to place to relax with an evening read. The romantic drapes and blinds soften the look furthermore. ‘Roman blinds offer a gorgeous, soft fabric option, which can be set at different heights to create an interesting look, but also sit neatly within your window recess for a neat and streamlined finish.’ Says Askew. Layer them with curtains on either side for an even more opulent finish.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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6. HIGHLIGHTING THE BONES OF YOUR BAY WINDOW

Blue watercolor roman shades over bay window with white painted floor boards and accent armchair
(Image credit: Hillarys)

You can beautifully highlight the bones of a bay window with Roman shades crafted from a rich fabric.‘ Adds Stoneside experts. The watercolor pattern here adds an artistic finish to this bedroom space. Note also how the small radiator cleverly doubles up as a shelf for decor.

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7. A BEDROOM BAY WINDOW SEAT

Neutral upholstered chair in carpeted bedroom space with light green built-in wardrobe doors, a seated bay window and gilded side table.
(Image credit: Parker Knoll)

Adding a built-in seat to a bedroom bay window is a classic, failsafe look that makes great use of the space. Functional and decorative, add a selection of cushions to compliment the curtains and you will enhance your bedroom decor instantly. 

Natural light pouring into a bedroom is a magical feeling of course, but to ensure your bay window functions just as good as it looks, a nod to black-out bedroom curtain ideas. The latest designs mean that you’ll enjoy a stylish look that doesn’t appear too heavy.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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8. LETTING ALL THE LIGHT THROUGH 

Neutral living room with boho, rattan accents, berber high pile rug, black coffee table, cream couch with wool throw, small rose gold side table and gray armchair with small pink cushion
(Image credit: George Home at Asda)

To let in as much light as possible and to complement the natural moldings of the bay window frames, choosing simple soft roman shades in the same color as the paintwork will create a seamless and open finish. Highlighting the rest of the room’s finer decor features further.

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9. FLOOR TO CEILING CURTAINS

Gray sofa with patterned cushions in front of bay window with light gray curtains and gray cabinet with flowers and white/gray matching table lamps
(Image credit: Där lighting x Laura Ashley)

Adding drama and a little luxury via your living room curtains is a quick win in the design world. ‘Fully-lined curtains are perfect for creating a sophisticated finish, floor-to-ceiling drama, and a warm and cozy ambiance.  And as bay windows use more glass than a normal window, there is a small chance of further heat escaping from them. If you are worried about getting chilly, you can create an extra cozy feel by choosing thermal linings for your curtains and even layering curtains over your Roman blinds.’ Adds Askew.

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10. FROSTED FILM FOR AN ELEMENT OF PRIVACY 

White bay window with frosted film in living room with gray carpet and blue couch
(Image credit: Purlfrost Window Film)

Frosted film is a grand idea for those renting especially or, those undecided about what to dress their bay windows with. Adding a subtle element of privacy and letting all the light in, it’s a very modern way to let your bay window’s personality shine through to the rest of your space.

HOW DO YOU MODERNIZE A BAY WINDOW?

Rest assured that bay window ideas are very much on-trend. Askew adds, ‘Although they are usually associated with period properties, bay windows can be found in contemporary homes too. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to have one in your home, it is vital to make the most of it.’

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