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Atlanta Bay Windows Deserve Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are often some of the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in Atlanta - and one of the most attention-drawing types of those unique windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a feeling of coziness and fashion simultaneously - if they’re partnered with a great window treatment.

But how do you know which window covering to select? Just as with other unique windows, bay windows have individual features to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Atlanta will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Atlanta bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, boring window treatment can obscure the style of a bay window. Go with a treatment that enhances your bay window’s distinctive shape.

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

  • Privacy - Just as a window treatment should complement a bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how clearly you can see outside your home, and how clearly those on the outside can see in.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically hurt the appeal of uniquely-shaped windows, making them look rather cheap or generic. They also underperform in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes bring down the aesthetic of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their primary appeals. Control over brightness tends to be an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - A few homeowners believe they should keep a bay window uncovered. The single reason for not installing a window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so reduces your control over light and heat, and can let outsiders get a clear look inside the home at all times.

The Best Choices For Atlanta Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical honeycomb shades in parlour 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 amount of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and come with a top-down, bottom-up system which allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get a great view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades are also available in a wide range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a problem. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bulk up at the sides or at the top of the window when drawn, because they fold in so easily. That way you have the ability to maintain the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length plantation shutters in family room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Atlanta homeowners the opportunity to display their bay windows’ geometry while adding the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades though, by giving you even more effective control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-built for your windows, you can enjoy even more freedom in how you add to their style with full or half length shutters.

Since bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30 degrees of air flow in your space when used correctly, meaning that a cozy space is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, being the only five star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters are also able to complement the wood frame around bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Atlanta!

You’re keeping your room from looking its best if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Atlanta help your interior design go the distance with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Atlanta team today by calling 404-962-8517 to set up your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and have product samples brought straight to your home!
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