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San Antonio Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Specialty window types are usually some of the most visually appealing features of houses in San Antonio - and one of the most attention-drawing kinds of these specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows grant a sense of coziness and fashion all at the same time - if they’re partnered with a great window treatment.

But how does one decide which window treatment to go with? Just like other specialty window types, bay windows have specific features to take into account. Sunburst Shutters San Antonio will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your San Antonio bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering may hide the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of heat and light from the sun. You need a window covering that keeps your house cozy and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should accentuate your bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how clearly you’re able to see outside your window, and how clearly people outside can see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hurt the charm of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking rather generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling brightness as well as temperature.

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

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners believe it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The singular upside to no window treatment is an increase in visibility, but it limits your options for control of light and energy, and can let outsiders get an undeterred view inside the home at all times.

Recommendations For San Antonio Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Fashionable, easy on the wallet, and simple to use, 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 offer you. These shades can be purchased in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and come with a top-down/bottom-up system that allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get your perfect view while maintaining control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a concern. Also, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades never bulk up at the top or along the side of the window when open, since they collapse so seamlessly. That means you have the ability to preserve the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half insulating shutters in family room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give San Antonio homeowners the ability to display their bay windows’ geometry while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades though, by giving you even higher levels of light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even more freedom in how you complement their looks with full-length or half-length shutters.

Because bay windows are usually some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive draw. Polywood shutters can block close to 30° of air flow in your home if used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is just a tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters surpass 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 bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, San Antonio!

You’re doing your house a disservice if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters San Antonio help your interior design reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters San Antonio team today by calling 210-876-0377 to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and have product samples brought straight to your house!
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