Bay windows can add a simple touch of elegance to an average room and make those few extra square feet seem like the most important in the room. But a common problem that many homeowners face with their bay window is how to properly make use of that extra space, both in terms of furniture and window coverings.
Due to the crescent moon shape that bay windows make, furniture with circular shapes are commonly used to compliment curvature of the wall. If the bay window happens to be located in the kitchen, it becomes a fitting location for a breakfast nook with a round or oblong table. If the window happens to fall in more of a living space, then consider forming that area into a quiet reading space with a comfy chair or two, some blankets, and a few books that you just can’t seem to put down. With the combination of the natural light and the relaxing views of nature outside, this space will quickly become a favorite of the entire house.
If you aren’t sold on using the area for furniture, consider filling in the area just inside the window with a wooden bench on top of which you can place cushions and pillows. By enclosing the bottom half of the bench and adding a flip top or cabinet doors, you can create ample extra storage space. For those who are handy with tools, a DIY Window Seat Tutorial could be your answer.
A window treatment is the last piece to the bay window decorating puzzle. Depending on how the space is will be utilized may determine whether you opt for a valance, full drapes, roman shades, shutters, swags, or a combination of those.
Often, when bay windows are found in a kitchen, a valance accompanies them across the top, possibly accentuated by curtains on the outer edges of the bay. Fabric “swags” are an alternative to a traditional valance and are simply draped over the curtain rod in such a way that allows for an arc of fabric to drape slightly below the rod itself.
Roman shades also make for a great look on bay windows. They give the owner the freedom to adjust to different looks based on their style preference. Roman shades can be synched up to create the elevated accent of a valance or rolled down to block out light acting as a curtain would.
Lastly, a southern favorite: old-fashioned wood shutters. This classic look can fit seamlessly into almost any home, regardless of design style. The shutters make for a great look in bay windows, especially when the room décor is already fairly busy. Curtains with a print or a color would only increase the “noise” in the room. Wood shutters on the other hand, are chic, understated, and provide just the right amount of sophistication to bring any breakfast nook, reading area, or living space to fruition.