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Salt Lake City Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are often the most visually striking qualities of houses in Salt Lake City - and one of the most eye-catching types of those unique windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a feeling of coziness and fashion all at the same time - if they’re partnered with the perfect window covering.

But how does one decide which window treatment to pick? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have specific considerations to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Salt Lake City bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Enhance your bay window - A poorly-chosen, boring window covering might obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of heat and light from outside. You need a window treatment that makes your space comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Privacy - Just as a window treatment should enhance your bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how much you’re able to see outside your home, and how much people outside can see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hinder the beauty of uniquely-shaped windows, making them look rather generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Similar to blinds, drapes bring down the visual appeal of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their primary features. Light control is also ”all or nothing” with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The single upside to going without a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let outsiders get an easy view inside your house at all hours.

Recommendations For Salt Lake City Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, wallet-friendly, and a breeze to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the amount 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 lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get fantastic visibility while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is not a worry. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or near the top of the window when drawn, since they collapse so easily. So you have the ability to maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half-length insulating shutters in family room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Salt Lake City homeowners the opportunity to display their bay windows’ looks while enjoying the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by granting you even more effective light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can enjoy even more freedom in how you complement their style with full-length or half-length shutters.

Due to the fact that bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a huge benefit. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30° of air flow in your space when used correctly, which means that the ideal temperature in your home is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can accentuate the wood border around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Salt Lake City!

You’re keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City help your interior design soar with our professional experience. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City team today by calling 801-515-3598 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your home!
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