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Top tips for beautiful bay windows

Samantha Gibson

by Samantha Gibson

Trend and Styling Expert

Published: 19/11/2018

Updated: 08/12/2020

Many of us live in homes that were built during the Victorian era. If we’re fortunate, these may contain original features such as stunning cast iron fireplaces. One of the best features of Victorian houses - we’re sure you’ll agree - is beautiful big bay windows.

Although they are usually associated with period properties, bay windows can sometimes be found in contemporary environments. A key benefit of bay windows is that they project outwards from the main walls of your home, providing a spacious effect.  So if you’re lucky enough to have one in your home, it’s vital to make the most of it.

Because there are many different types of bay windows - from angled bay to multifaceted bay and bow windows - and the shape of each is unique, it’s important to select a bespoke window covering that will fit perfectly. 

Bay windows can be difficult to dress but in this video guide our head of product design, Sarah Quilliam, shares her 5 top tips on how to get it just right.

  1. Choose made-to-measure products 
    Use made-to-measure blinds to provide a neat and tidy look. For an extra touch of luxury, select elegant Romans and set the blinds in separate segments of your bay window at different heights to create interest.
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  2. Ask the experts 
    Ask your local advisor about the best option to suit your window. A Custom-made curved headrail can be made to fit Vertical blinds and curtains to bay, bow and some corner windows. For angled bay windows, a blind can be fitted to each section of the window to create a similar effect.

  3. Let lots of lovely light in 
    Bay windows increase the flow of natural light into your home and give you views of the outside that you wouldn’t get with an ordinary window. To emphasise this, pick out lightweight Roller blinds or sheer Pleated blinds, which create a lovely ambience by allowing sunlight to gently filter into your room.
  4. Cosy up with fully-lined fabrics 
    As bay windows use more glass than a normal window, there is a small chance of further heat escaping from them. If you’re worried about getting chilly, fully-lined curtains and Roman blinds or Pleated blinds in performance fabrics are ideal, as they help to insulate your home by keeping as much heat as possible in the room.
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  5. Select shutters for a striking effect 

    Our Shutters range is perfect for homes with uniquely shaped windows, as they are tailor made to fit the space available. Choose larger louvres to allow more light into your room, or smaller ones if your bay window faces a busy street.

    Tier-on-Tier shutters are a versatile option as the top and bottom halves of the shutters open independently of each other, so you can throw open the top set to let some sunlight in while keeping the bottom set closed for a little more privacy.

Bay window terminology

Take a look at our handy guide to find out what type of bay window you have:

Angled / Canted: Made up of a flat front and angled sides

Bow: Made up of curved windows

Multifaceted: Made up of seven panes of glass, rather than the usual three

Triangular:  Made up of two windows set at 120 degrees

Oriel: Supported by a corbel or bracket

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