Dressing the Bay

Design Advice by Diana Haines
Design Consultant Diana Haines shares her tips on dressing up a bay window.

Dressing a bay window can sometimes pose problems.  It's just a regular window but the way it communicates with the rest of the house and its walls is what becomes challenging.  A bay window projects outward from the main walls of a room, forming a bay in the room.

Another idea would be to use a functional yet elegant window treatment such as flat Roman Shades because they frame the window but still provide the option for a colorful and textural stationary side panel treatment.

A top treatment, like a valance is a great solution to make a room open and inviting.   A valance can definitely make things run smoothly; but keep in mind that it's a feature that's best suited for traditional decors.    Use a fixed valance with operating shades underneath for the option of privacy.  

If you're considering drapery panels, the best placement is on the return walls of the bay window.  They should frame the bay, not clutter it or obstruct the view, so choose fabrics wisely.

If symmetry is what you're looking for then four drapery panels would be a perfect option; two
would cover the sides and two would meet at the center.  It's a strategy that would work both in traditional and modern interiors.

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