Silk panels give a traditional look to any bay window.
Silk panels give a traditional look to any bay window. For a contemporary twist, designer Jessica Nixon suggests applying a fabric tape or braid inside each panel.
The best placement for drapery panels is on the bay window’s return walls, suggests designer Amy Bubier. “They should frame the bay, not clutter it or obstruct the view, so choose fabrics wisely,”Bubier says. To prevent draperies from looking short, hang them as high as possible. Raise the rod to two inches below the crown molding to visually raise the ceilings in any room.
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A top treatment, like a valance, makes a room open and inviting. In a formal room, designer Dave Stimmel likes to use shutters with a fabric valance, with coordinating seat cushions and pillows. In other rooms, he suggests using a fixed valance with operating shades underneath for privacy.
Update your bay windows with a functional yet elegant window treatment such as Roman shades. Designer Amy Bubier often likes to use flat Roman shades because they frame the window but still provide a colorful and textural window accent.
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With a bay window configuration, it can be difficult to find a rod that works well. Designer Wimberley Earp suggests using hinged elbows that swivel and allow for a continuous rod application. For window seats, use ceiling-mount brackets.
A window seat can be the perfect addition to a bay window. “I love operating fabric or textile Roman shades with a coordinating seat cushion and decorative pillows,”designer Dave Stimmel says. Play with coordinating fabrics and colors to finish the look.