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Fort Lauderdale Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are usually the most visually appealing hallmarks of homes in Fort Lauderdale - and one of the most eye-catching examples of those specialty windows are bay windows. From either inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - if they’re paired with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one decide which window treatment to choose? Just as with other unique window types, bay windows have specific features to take into account. Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the top picks for your Fort Lauderdale bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window treatment may obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s eye-catching shape.

  • Control over temperature and light levels - Bay windows can let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Pick a window treatment that keeps your space cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should enhance a bay window’s structure, it should also let you control how much you’re able to see out your window, and how clearly those on the outside can see in.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically diminish the beauty of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - As with blinds, drapes negatively impact the aesthetic of bay windows by hide their unique shape, which is one of their central appeals. Light control is also ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - Sometimes homeowners believe it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The single upside to going without a window treatment is increased visibility, but it reduces your control over light and heat, and can let outsiders get an undeterred view inside the house at all hours.

Recommendations For Fort Lauderdale Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Vertical honeycomb shades in lounge bow window. 

Fashionable, easy on the wallet, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for 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” 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, meaning you can get a great view while keeping control of light levels.

Our cellular shades also come in a range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is never a worry. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or at the top of your window when open, because they fold in so effectively. That makes it so you have the ability to keep the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half white shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Fort Lauderdale homeowners the ability to showcase their bay windows’ looks while adding the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades though, by giving you even higher levels of control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-built for your windows, you can have even more freedom in how you accentuate their aesthetic with full-length or half-length shutters.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big benefit. Polywood shutters can block nearly 30° of temperature flow in your house when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your space is a quick tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all similar shutters, being the only five star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to accentuate the wood frames around your bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Fort Lauderdale!

You might be keeping your space from looking its best if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale help your interior design go the distance with our professional experience. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale team today by calling 561-440-8535 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your door!
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