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Phoenix Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are usually the most visually charming qualities of homes in Phoenix - and one of the most attention-drawing types of these specialty windows are bay windows. From either the inside or outside, bay windows give a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - that is, if they’re partnered with the perfect window covering.

But how does one decide which window covering to select? Just as with other specialty window types, bay windows have individual factors to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Phoenix will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and show you the top picks for your Phoenix bay windows.

White shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A badly-chosen, boring window treatment might mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of heat and light from the sun. You want a window covering that will make your space comfy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment should accentuate your bay window’s shape, it also needs to control how much you can see out your window, and how well people outside can see in.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds usually hurt the appeal of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes negatively impact the visual appeal of bay windows by hide their unique geometry, which is one of their main features. Light control is also a zero sum game with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe they should keep their bay window uncovered. The only advantage of not installing a window treatment is greater visibility, but it decreases your control over light and heat, and can let passersby get an undeterred look inside the home at all hours.

Top Picks For Phoenix Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades in lounge bow window. 

Fashionable, easy on the wallet, and a breeze to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down/bottom-up system which allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get your perfect view while allowing for light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of transparencies, from slightly see-through to opaque, so losing your privacy is not a problem. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bunch up at the top or along the side of the window when opened, because they collapse so effectively. That makes it so you can maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half white shutters in family room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Phoenix homeowners the ability to display their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades though, by granting you even higher levels of light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can enjoy even more freedom in how you add to their style with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Due to the fact that bay windows are usually some of the biggest windows in the home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a huge benefit. Polywood shutters can restrict nearly 30 degrees of temperature flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that comfort for your house is a quick tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are also able to complement the wood frame around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Phoenix!

You might be doing your home a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Phoenix help your windows soar with our professional know-how. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Phoenix team today by calling 480-485-7743 to set up a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your timeline and bring window treatment samples straight to your door!
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