A bay window is already a stunning option for any room in the house. With its architectural beauty, light-catching elegance, and natural coziness, a bay window can change the mood in any room of the house simply by existing. However, that doesn’t mean that you should spend the extra time trying help your window be the best it can be. If you’re looking for a way to show off that beautiful centerpiece, look no further. Here are a few helpful and easy ways to prep your windows in style.
Furniture is Your Friend
While we all know that a bay window has no trouble standing on its own, there’s no reason it shouldn’t also serve a distinct purpose in a room. Let’s say you want your bay window to be a private area for reading. Putting in a tasteful loveseat or a bench with a few pillows can help section off the area as a place for solitude and coziness. What if you’re thinking about the bay window as a social place? Simple: Bring some furniture in and bring a small table out. You can arrange it as a circular gathering place for dining or spending quality time together. If you’re working with a larger window, you can even install a small island-style table with a row of chairs behind. The bay window can be as social or isolated as you want it to be, depending on the furniture you favor.
Take a moment to think of ways to make the window really yours. What do you want it to say? Do you want each separate window to be set apart, or do you want them all to work in unison? Take a moment to think about the natural light the bay windows give the room actually serves your current color scheme. If the room is painted in dark colors and uses lots of patterned wallpaper, think about dressing it down a bit. If you’re working with a bay window in your kitchen or dining area, making the surrounding patterns a bit funkier might be just the thing to turn your bay window into a social area.
Use Sectional Curtains
Many decorators have found the bay window a frustrating proposition when it comes to using curtains, drapes, or blinds. However, it doesn’t have to feel like an unsolvable problem. If you invest in a specialized curtain rod that’s fitted to measure, you can put up curtains or drapes in sections so that you don’t have to close up everything at once. Control the amount of light that comes into the room by sealing one panel and not the others.
Remember that your bay window is the star of the show, and rightly so. No matter what you decide to do, the window will always be doing most of the work in terms of letting light in and reshaping the room. There’s no need to overwhelm the window itself with a lot of furniture or loud prints and drapes. All you have to do is decorate with the color scheme and natural light in mind and you’ll be all set.