Southern California Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

Kimball Jones

Unique window types are usually the most visually charming qualities of houses in Southern California - and one of the most eye-catching examples of those unique windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a look of comfort and fashion all at once - if they’re partnered with the right window covering.

But how do you know which window covering to pick? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have individual features to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Southern CA will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Southern California bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window covering may mask the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s unique geometry.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows tend to let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. Select a window covering that makes your house comfy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should complement your bay window’s shape, it also needs to control how well you’re able to see outside your window, and how much others can see in.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds usually hinder the glamour of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem rather generic or cheap. They also underperform in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes negatively impact the visual appeal of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their main features. Light control is also ”all or nothing” with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - A few homeowners believe it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The singular advantage of going without a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so decreases your options for control of light and energy, and will let passersby get an easy view inside your house at all hours.

The Best Choices For Southern California Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Adjustable cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Fashionable, easy on the wallet, and simple to use, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades are available in different cell sizes, from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down, bottom-up system which allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get a great view while maintaining control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a wide range of transparencies, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is not a worry. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the top or near the side of the window when drawn, since they collapse so seamlessly. So you have the ability to maintain the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t closed.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half white shutters in family room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Southern California homeowners the opportunity to display their bay windows’ geometry while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades though, by offering even better light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can enjoy even greater freedom in how you complement their aesthetic with full or half length shutters.

Due to the fact that bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive allure. Polywood shutters can restrict nearly 30° of heat flow in your home if used correctly, which means that the ideal temperature in your house is a simple tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters exceed all of the competition, as they are the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood border around bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Southern California!

You may be keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Southern CA help your interior design reach new heights with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Southern CA team today by calling 888-611-2474 to set up a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and have product samples brought right to your house!