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Clearwater Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types can be some of the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in Clearwater - and one of the most eye-catching examples of those unique windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a feeling of coziness and fashion simultaneously - granted that they’re partnered with a great window covering.

But how does a homeowner know which window covering to select? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have individual considerations to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Clearwater will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then offer our suggestions for the top picks for your Clearwater bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window covering might obscure the style of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that enhances your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. Choose a window covering that will keep your space cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to complement your bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how clearly you’re able to see outside your window, and how clearly people outside can see inside.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically hinder the glamour of specially-shaped windows, making them look rather generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - As with blinds, drapes bring down the visual appeal of bay windows by hide their unique geometry, which is one of their central appeals. Light control is also an “all or nothing” choice with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The singular upside to not installing a window treatment is increased visibility, but it reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let people outside your window get an easy view inside your house at all hours.

Top Picks For Clearwater Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and a breeze to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades are available in different cell sizes, from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down, bottom-up system which allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get fantastic visibility while keeping light control.

Our cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of transparencies, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is never a worry. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bunch up at the top or at the side of the window when opened, because they collapse so seamlessly. That means you have the ability to keep the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Clearwater homeowners the chance to display their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters go above and beyond cellular shades though, by granting you even higher levels of control of light and visibility with their adjustable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even greater leeway in how you accentuate their style with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows are typically some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big benefit. Polywood shutters can block close to 30° of heat flow in your space when used correctly, meaning that comfort for your house is just a tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all similar shutters, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can accentuate the wood border around your bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Clearwater!

You might be doing your space a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Clearwater help your windows reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Clearwater team today by calling 813-580-7288 to set up your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples right to your house!
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