Bay Window Wonders: Three Hot Window Treatments for Beautiful Bay Windows

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Bay windows add charm to any room. Sometimes deciding what to do with this highly sought after architectural feature is a challenge simply because there are so many wonderful options! Let’s cover off three of our favourite treatments:

APPROACH #1: Separate but equal

Window treatment:

Cover each window with its own coordinating drapery panel. Try a luxurious lined silk in an eye-catching print. Or go for a minimalist look via trio of Roman blinds.

Hardware tip:

If choosing drapery, drapery medallions can add a dramatic touch to the curtain rod. Reveal the view with tiebacks.

Fabric recommendation:

For drapery, consider a dramatic silk or velvet, both of which drape beautifully and can end at the floor (velvet), or in a pretty puddling effect (silk). For Romans, consider a crisp linen, cotton or streamlined graphic print.


APPROACH #2: Team-player layers

Window treatments:

Layer each window for privacy, insulation and aesthetics. Start with shades or blinds, then build out. A trio of fixed valances overtop will link the three windows. Finally, drapery panels will add visual texture and volume.

Hardware tip:

Your hardware will be determined by what look you prefer for your drapery:

  • Fixed panels that simply frame out the left and right windows
  • Panels hanging from on a rod system that runs above the three windows

Fabric recommendation:

Neutral shades or blinds will make it easier to swap out the drapery if you choose to redecorate each season. Use the drapery panel to make your dramatic statement.


APPROACH #3: Room with a view

Window treatments:

By running a curtain rod across the entire bay window area, you can create a private room-within-a-room—ideal for a study area, window seat, reading nook or even a bed. Each individual window should be treated with its own blind and valance.

Hardware tip:

Use well-chosen, substantial hardware for the room-dividing drapery so the look is designer, not DIY-ish.  

Fabric recommendation:

Coordinate valance and drapery for a pulled-together look. Opaque but light- to medium-weight fabrics are best for the drapery, and again, stick with neutrals for the blind.

Still indecisive? Come in and talk with one of our drapery experts for more great ideas and expertise!