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Boise Bay Windows Deserve Spectacular Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are typically the most visually striking hallmarks of houses in Boise - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those specialty windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a feeling of comfort and fashion simultaneously - granted that they’re combined with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one know which window treatment to select? Just like other unique windows, bay windows have individual considerations to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Boise bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window covering may mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching shape.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Choose a window treatment that makes your house comfortable and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to enhance your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how clearly you can see outside your home, and how clearly those on the outside are able to see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically hinder the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes hurt the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their primary features. Control over brightness tends to be ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The only reason for not installing a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and can let passersby get an easy look inside your home at all hours.

Recommendations For Boise Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Vertical honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Fashionable, 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 degree of freedom cellular shades give 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 that lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get your perfect view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is never a problem. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of your window when open, because they fold in so easily. That means you’re able to preserve the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half plantation shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Boise homeowners the ability to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And because they’re custom-made for your windows, you can enjoy even greater flexibility in how you accentuate their style with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can restrict close to 30° of heat flow in your home if used correctly, which means that the ideal temperature in your space is just a tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, as they are the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available. Ovation shutters can also accentuate the wood border around your bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Boise!

You’re doing your home a disservice if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions help your windows reach new heights with our professional experience. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions team today by calling 208-609-9129 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your home!
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