Covering a Window With a Fantastic View
Large bay windows are usually installed in a home to take advantage of a gorgeous view. Maybe your house has a direct line to the mountains, or you have a lake front property. It seems almost sinful to cover these up, but in most cases you will have to from time to time. The question is, how to without losing that natural picture.
Fabric shades can work lovely with large, picturesque windows. You can choose an opaque color like cream that blends with the background to let your view take center stage. When used with bay windows you can play with the design to add a unique quality to the room.
First choose a honeycomb shade in a color that coordinates with your décor, not contrasts. Take advantage of top-down bottom-up shades. These allow you to open them from either the top or the bottom, or both, leaving the shade to stand in the middle. For hints of your amazing view, open the shades on each individual window to different degrees. This will give a peak of what’s outside from different angles making for a lovely way to show off your view and your design style.
Don’t clutter the window with unnecessary dressing like valences or drapery. Instead keep it simple to let the architectural design of the window act as a frame to your view.
For some homes it is the windows of a French door that is offering the view. French doors, or any door for that matter, can be daunting for a home owner to attempt to cover. The honeycomb shades work well here too, as they hug the window gently. Another bonus for honeycomb shades is the added protection they give the window against the elements. The little spaces in between the fabric layers act as an insulator, trapping air from the outside as it tries to enter your home. This feature helps to keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Many people believe that the unique design of a bay window makes inside mounted shades impossible. This is not true at all. So long as the window covering you choose has a small head rail, like 1 inch, you can hang a shade inside of the frame of each individual window. Honeycomb shades meet that criteria as do pleated shades.
Measuring a bay window for shades is done the same way as with regular windows. Width should be taken first, at three different points and then take the smallest number as your width. Do the same for height, except after you have your three measurements you will want to take the larger number as the height of the shade you order. Don’t measure just one window and assume the size will be the same for the other two.
View or not, a bay window is a lovely architectural detail in any room and should be highlighted, not hidden. Incorporate its beauty into the style of the space and create an amazing focal point that other home owners will envy.