Did you know that bay windows actually consists of three separate windows that are joined together and set at angles to form either a square or polygon? They are a popular architectural feature because they allow plenty of fresh air and light to enter the home, as well as making the room look bigger and more spacious. Because these windows are so unique, finding curtains to suit can seem like a tedious task. We have aimed to ease the stress a little.
The first thing that you should understand is that you need to treat the entire bay window as a single unit. By treating each of the panels individually, you run the risk of the space looking cluttered and losing its elegance. Whilst you can certainly mix and match your curtains, you need to ensure that they work together and enhance the space above all else.
One option that you have is to decorate the windows using different types of rods – there are plenty of decorative options available now that these sorts of features have become commonplace. You will have to consider that the rod needs to bend in two places in order to go across the entire breadth of the window, or you can use two small ones and a long one.
Adding a valance to curtains will ensure that you have privacy at all times of the day. They also aid in the decoration of the window and help to hide any rods. There are a variety of different valances to choose from, including: Murphy tails, victory, criss cross, basic pleated, basic pole, Vienna, squire, Manhattan, Murphy, and medallion.
You can also have different length curtains for each of the windows – one option is to divide the length and have two different ones, the other is to choose floor length. The advantage of choosing floor length is that you can open up the whole window at once, whereas having two separate drapes will mean that you have to open them both to enjoy maximum light.
Different types of fabrics will dress the room differently. Some of the fabrics that you could choose for curtains include: chenille, cotton, jacquard, linen, bamboo, satin, sheer, silk, velvet, voile, muslin, challis, brocade, damask, lace, net, organdy, organza and tissue. These are all available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
Did you know that the pattern used to stitch your curtains is equally (if not more) important as the fabric? Depending on where your bay window is located, it is possible to choose a pattern that will add to the aesthetics of the room. Half length curtains are back in vogue and are ideal if you would like to let sunlight into the room at all times.
Whilst we hope that you are now equipped with everything you need to choose curtains for your bay windows, we do understand that the task may seem a little daunting. If you are having trouble coming to a decision, make sure you speak with the company responsible for making your curtains – they will be able to offer all sorts of advice and recommendations. Just make sure you know exactly what you are trying to achieve with the space.