6 Window Treatment Ideas for Bay Windows

Expert designers share their favorite tips for dressing bay windows. See which window treatments, hardware and fabric work best.

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Silk Panels

Silk panels are a traditional way to update the look of any bay window. For a contemporary twist, designer Jessica Nixon suggests applying a fabric tape or braid to the inside of each panel. \"Another option would be to use two colors of silk: one for the body of the drape and a one- or two-foot band at the top or bottom of the silk panel,\" Nixon says. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

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Drapery Panels

The best placement for drapery panels is on the return walls of the bay window, 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, designer Jessica Nixon says to hang them as high as possible. Raise the rod to two inches below the crown molding to visually raise the ceilings in any room. Design by Tracy Morris.

Contemporary Valance

A top treatment, like a valance, is a great solution to make a room open and inviting. In a formal room, designer Dave Stimmel likes to use shutters with a fabric valance on top with coordinating seat cushions and pillows. In other rooms, he suggests using a fixed valance with operating shades underneath for the option of privacy. Design by Candice Olson.

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Roman Shades

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 the option for a colorful and textural window accent. Design by Eileen Gould.

Bay Window Hardware

With the layout of a bay window, it can be difficult to find a rod that works well. Designer Wimberley Earp of Casa Fiora suggests using hinged elbows that swivel and allow for a continuous rod application. A great solution for window seats are ceiling-mount brackets. \"The type of rod you select will fit with the style of the room — you need to determine the look you want to achieve,\" Earp says.

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Window Seat

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. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

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