Do you have new curtains and other window dressing ideas planned for this year? Some homes have the most impressive bay windows you could ever imagine, yet their true beauty is concealed by lack of care, color, and treatments. It's like that old saying, 'you can't see the beauty of the forest for the ugliness of some of its trees'. With poor bay window treatments, ideas, and dull accessories, many a beautiful bay window goes unnoticed as it's hidden behind heavy drab drapes. Is this you? Are you here to get some inspiration on bay window treatment ideas for your bay? Are you ready to discover more about great window treatments, ideas and inspirations, on how to bring out the beauty in the eye of your rooms?
It's a fact that all too many people don't realize how the windows in the home can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the room. Do you have glass that's in desperate need of some window treatments? Bay windows in particular can bring a room to life with well thought out window treatments. Ideas are plentiful and can be found everywhere, but if you look at your windows as the eyes of a home, then it may help to you embrace them, embellish them, and garnish them with the love they deserve.
For any window treatments, bay windows in particular, it's important to decide how you want to work them in order to get the best results. For example, do you want to work your bay window treatment ideas around the theme and décor of the room, or would you prefer to adapt the room to blend in with your window treatments ideas? Either or is fine and dandy, but whatever you do, don't run with one idea without considering the other or you could end up with a total mismatch, and because a bay window is so focal to a room, the results could turn out most odd.
Bay window treatments are limited only by your imagination. It is only when you bring a beautiful bay window into the theme of your room, and not something that has its own thing going on, that you'll be making a striking improvement to your home. If you think you lack ideas or a creative edge then don't worry. Today there are software programs that let you play with various ideas and see how they might look before you even open a tin of paint, buy curtains, blinds, or change the frames.
Change with the Seasons: With the short days and long nights of winter, you may want to alter your curtains and window treatments to suit the season. No one like passersby to be able to glance into a brightly lit room from the outside, so heavily lined curtains are probably the best choice for winter. Blinds and lightweight curtains are often more relaxing and offer a more summery feel when the warmer lighter months kick in.
So is it best to have window treatments ideas based around the theme of a room, and perhaps seasons too, or to work your bay window treatment ideas first and then decide on the style and décor of the room based on how you want your windows to look? A lot of this depends on how much of the room your windows dominate. If you have a huge bay with lots of wonderful glass and style, then you might want to think about your windows first and the room after. If, on the other hand, your windows are small and subtle, it might be wise to treat them according to the theme of the room.
When most people fall in love with the theme and décor of a room, little do they know that the room they so admire is what it is because of the window treatments ideas that have been carefully implemented to compliment that space. Although some people will admire specific window treatments, bay windows on the whole are not the obvious focal point in the room, yet without their carful decoration, fixtures and fittings, that living room, dining room, or bedroom, could be dull and uninteresting irrespective of what else is going on within it.
The secret to home décor is to take your time and try not to go into the job like a bull in a China shop. What seemed like a great idea a few days ago might not seem such a good one today now that you've had time to browse through a few more magazines and online articles on the various options for bay window treatments, ideas and inspirational photos! We live in our homes and so it's important that we love the rooms of our abode. If you don't really have time to decorate, then it's better to put it back until you do rather than try to knock the job out as quickly as possible. After all, we usually only decorate every 3 years on average, so that's a long time sitting in a space that doesn't really satisfy us.
As mentioned previously, it's so easy nowadays to get ideas for window treatments. Bay windows come int different shapes and sizes, yet you'll be amazed at how some people can bring them to life. Take a few bay window treatment ideas from others and shape them into your own. Home decorating is not only easier than it's ever been, but it's so much fun now with all the choices and ideas floating around online.
Remember, bay window treatment is only limited by your bay window treatment ideas. If this is to be a focal point in the room, then careful consideration is needed. Bay window shelves that are cramped with ornaments do not work in the twenty-first century. Simple can be striking and beautifully complement any living space. Don't forget to be mindful of the room's theme. Heavy drapes might look fantastic in a cosy living space, but will look quite out of place in an ultra contemporary layout where shorter curtains will prevail or better still, vertical blinds.
Perhaps the biggest item people think about when dressing their bays are the curtains, but depending on the theme, you might only be half dressing your room's eye. Window treatments, curtain, lace, and sparking glass often make fantastic choices. The lace doesn't have to be heavy, and quite often the off-whites work better than the pure whites, but a subtle yet quality lace will also diffuse harsh sunlight and fill your room with a bright yet gentle soft lighting that will enhance the appearance of everyone and everything in it.
This brings us to yet another choice in bay window treatment and that’s the privacy drapes. These drapes are much like panel drapes but come complete with a privacy panel that is sewn directly into the back of the drape. When these drapes are closed, the homeowners can be assured that they have complete privacy.
You can choose whatever type of bay window treatment you desire. The main focus will still be on the window and highlighting that is really your main goal. Whereas a stunning fireplace or spectacular piece of furniture often serve as a center piece for many a living space, the well thought out bay window can bring any room to life without being the obvious focal point of the rooms overall décor.
The Role of ALL Windows - Not Only Bay Windows
Windows serve many purposes in all homes. One is to let light into our rooms. Another is to allow ventilation into the home. Then there's the part where windows add to the décor and themes of a room (hence people spending a lot of money for fine looking windows and window furnishings), and finally there's the role they play in securing the home from both elements and intruders. So when all said and done, the windows in our home have more roles, and serve multiple purpose. Again, our windows give us light; ventilation; decoration designs and ambience, and protection.
Most Popular Material for Curtains (mini series)
There are of course, an almost limitless range of fabrics used for curtains, but we are going to start a list of the 10 most used fabrics and explain a bit about why that is. This month, we shall start with the well-liked Acetate. Acetate is a type of artificial silk and sports good draping qualities as it is airy and lightweight, and unlike real silks, it does not deteriorate (rot), or fade over time. So with Acetate you get silk drapes your your bay windows but without the silk.
Acrylic Curtains – Acrylic has always been a popular choice for curtain material, not only because it’s a relatively inexpensive fabric compared to many of the other fine cloths, but because it's nice and soft (almost wool-like), very lightweight, and strong. Acrylic is a manmade material that works very well for curtains. It's also a warm cloth giving it added appeal.
Cotton Curtains – Good ole cotton! We all know this fabric, it's safe, and comes in an almost unlimited assortment of colours, patterns, and weights. It breathes well, and hangs beautifully. Perhaps one of the downsides to cotton is that some cottons can crease a bit too easily and thus give a crumpled un-ironed look when let loose from the tiebacks of an evening.
Acetate Curtains – This is becoming an increasingly popular material for curtains, not so much for bay windows but for bedrooms and back windows in the home. Acetate is an artificial type of manmade silk finish and has proven ideal for its draping qualities. This fabric is not only light but airy. Acetate, unlike real silk, does not rot or fade either, making it a great choice for curtains.
Grosgrain Curtains – Now, grosgrain is not for everyone, but if you love a bit of sheen and texture to your drapes then this is one fabric you might want to look at. Grosgrain is a silk cloth with a ribbed surface but it's a risky choice unless you really know how to blend your bay window area in with the theme of the room.
Damask – Traditionally this material is made from silk. It is quite a popular choice as curtain material loved for its durability and unique weave. Damask is also cherished by curtain makers for its gorgeous patterns and wonderful colours.
Jacquard – people either love the Jacquard fabric or they don't with little room for compromise. It's probably correct to say though that by and large this is considered a beautiful material for curtains by most cloth gurus. With its unique design and a gorgeous weave, the jacquard fabric is also popular for sofas and wall coverings.
Net: Ultra lightweight cotton net curtains are a bit like the petticoat of the curtain world in that they are placed behind the main curtain for reasons of decoration, privacy, and to filter and soften the natural light. Nets, as they are known, come in an almost endless array of designs and styles. An alternative to nets are the attractive sheer curtains.
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|The Bay Window, Window Seat (What a good idea!): A nice touch that suits some bay windows and themes in homes is that of a bay window seat. Not only can the seat give an extra place to park bums when there are lots of visitors, but if the cushions of fabrics that adorn it blend with the overall theme of the room and or bay area, then it can make a very cosy and welcome addition to many a room. Check online images for some ideas on just how good this concept might work with the bay windows in your home.