Do you have bay windows in your home? Here are some ideas that you can take inspiration from to dress up your bay windows.
Roman shades are a prettier and more decorative option to regular blinds. Because they are made out of fabric, roman shades also eliminate the need for curtains. You can use curtains with roman shades, but they look so nice on their own especially with nice woodwork, that curtains are often not needed. You can buy roman shades from a designer or even make your own. Get a free pattern and step by step instructions on making your own roman shades at www.make-roman-shades.com. Doing it yourself is not hard at all, and a much cheaper option than buying them from a designer.
Fabric shades are another way to block out light coming from the windows without using draperies. These fabric shades are the same concept as the roman shades, but they have a softer and more gathered look than the more structured and sleek lines of the roman shades.
Another option to using draperies, is to use room dividers which you can place around the bay window. Certain room dividers are made very tall and the open areas of the room divider panels are draped with sheer or semi sheer fabrics This option provides a more structured look than traditional drapes, and the sunlight can still come through the semi sheer fabrics that lay inside the panels of the dividers. This is also great on a budget because room dividers can cost less than curtains which are designed and tailored for your specific window.
Use Two Types of Panels
Instead of using heavy draperies and window valances, another way to create a beautiful and versatile window covering is to use both sheer panels and solid decorative window panels to cover the bay windows. You can pull across the sheers for a nice diffused light and leave the decorative panels just as they are, or you can pull both the sheers and the decorative panels shut to block out more light and really create some drama with those decorative panels.
Closing Off The Area
Instead of attaching the window coverings directly to the areas right over the bay window, you can use the area in the window seat to create a lovely area to sit with cushions and pillows, and attach the draperies to wall area outside of the window area. This would enclose the bay area sectioning it off from the rest of the room when the draperies were drawn shut which would make it appear as if the windows underneath were flat rather than bay. This is a nice design element because it adds an element of surprise and also changes the illusory shape of the room when the drapes are opened and shut.
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