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New York City Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are often some of the most visually appealing hallmarks of houses in New York City - and one of the most eye-catching types of these specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows give a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - if they’re combined with a great window covering.

But how do you know which window covering to select? Just like other specialty window makes, bay windows have their own considerations to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters New York will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the best choices for your New York City bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering might mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that enhances your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Pick a window treatment that will keep your house cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should enhance your bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how clearly you can see out your window, and how well people outside can see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds usually diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes hurt the visual appeal of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their main features. Light control can also be a zero sum game when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - Some homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The singular advantage of no window treatment is an increase in visibility, but it limits your energy efficiency and light control, and can let passersby get an easy look inside the home at all hours.

Recommendations For New York City Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, easy on the wallet, and simple to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased 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 lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, so you can get fantastic visibility while keeping control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades are also available in a wide range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is not a concern. In addition, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the top or at the side of your window when opened, because they fold in so easily. That makes it so you have the ability to keep the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half-length insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give New York City homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ geometry while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades though, by granting you even more effective light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even more freedom in how you enhance their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in the home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a huge benefit. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30 degrees of air flow in your home if used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is a simple tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters can also complement the wood frame around your bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, New York City!

You’re keeping your room from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters New York help your interior design go the distance with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters New York team today by calling 631-246-3930 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your door!
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