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Gainesville Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types are usually the most visually charming qualities of homes in Gainesville - and one of the most attention-drawing types of those unique windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - granted that they’re combined with the right window treatment.

But how do you know which window covering to select? Just as with other unique windows, bay windows have their own considerations to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Gainesville will guide you through the bay window treatment checklist, and offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Gainesville bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window treatment may mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s distinctive shape.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows tend to let in a good amount of light and heat from outside. Choose a window treatment that keeps your house cozy and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment should enhance a bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how well you can see out your home, and how well others are able to see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds usually diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem rather generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - As with blinds, drapes bring down the aesthetic of bay windows by hide their unique shape, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness can also be ”all or nothing” with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - A few homeowners think they should keep their bay window uncovered. The singular upside to not installing a window treatment is an increase in visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and will let people passing by get a clear look inside your home at all hours.

Recommendations For Gainesville Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Adjustable cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Fashionable, 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 give 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, so you can get a great view while keeping control of light levels.

Our cellular shades also come in a wide range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so losing your privacy is not a worry. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bulk up at the sides or at the top of your window when drawn, since they collapse so easily. That means you have the ability to maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half white shutters in den bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Gainesville homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ shape while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters go above and beyond cellular shades however, by offering even higher levels of control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-made for your windows, you can have even greater leeway in how you enhance their style with full-length or half-length shutters.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can stop close to 30 degrees of temperature flow in your space if used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your space is a simple tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters surpass all similar shutters, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can accentuate the wood frame around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Gainesville!

You may be doing your home a disservice if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Gainesville help your windows reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Gainesville team today by calling 813-602-5966 to schedule a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and have product samples brought right to your house!
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