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Washington DC Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types can be some of the most visually appealing features of houses in Washington DC - and one of the most eye-catching types of these specialty windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - granted that they’re partnered with a great window treatment.

But how does one decide which window treatment to pick? Just like other specialty windows, bay windows have specific features to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters DC will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then show you the best choices for your Washington DC bay windows.

White shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window treatment might obscure the beauty of a bay window. Go with a treatment that enhances your bay window’s unique geometry.

  • Control over light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of heat and light from outdoors. You want a window covering that keeps your space comfortable and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should complement a bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how much you’re able to see out your window, and how well others are able to see inside.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to diminish the beauty of specially-shaped windows, making them look somewhat generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes hurt the charm of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their central features. Light control is also an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe they should keep their bay window uncovered. The only upside to no window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and can let people passing by get an undeterred look inside your home at all times.

The Best Choices For Washington DC Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Stylish, easy on the wallet, and simple to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited 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 a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down, bottom-up system which allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, letting you 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 concern. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of your window when open, because they fold in so easily. So you can keep the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length white shutters in living room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Washington DC homeowners the chance to display their bay windows’ looks while enjoying the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades though, by giving you even more effective light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-built for your windows, you can have even more leeway in how you enhance their looks with full or half length shutters.

Because bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive allure. Polywood shutters can stop close to 30° of air flow in your space if used correctly, which means that a cozy house is a quick tilt away.

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

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Washington DC!

You may be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters DC help your windows soar with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters DC team today by calling 240-339-2588 to set up a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and have product samples brought straight to your house!