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Beautiful bay windows ideas

Different styling options for bay windows, from light and airy to cosy and elegant

Samantha Gibson

by Samantha Gibson

Trend and Styling Expert

Published: 19/11/2018

Updated: 20/04/2022

Did you know there are several different types of bay windows? Use our handy guide below to find out which sort you have, then read on to discover many stylish ways to dress your bay window.

Bay window terminology

Are you bamboozled by bay window terms? Here is 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 (bracket)

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

At your in-home appointment your local expert advisor will come with lots of bay window blinds and curtains ideas and the best option to suit your window. For example, 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.


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3. Let lots of 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.


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4. Cosy up with fully-lined fabrics

As bay windows use more glass than a normal window, there is a chance that more heat will escape from them. If you’re worried about getting chilly, fully-lined curtains for bay windows combined with elegant Roman blinds or Pleated blinds in performance fabrics will help to insulate your home by keeping as much heat as possible inside the room.


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5. Select shutters for a striking effect

Shutters are 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.

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