Cincinnati Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

Lisa Renee Nieberding

Unique window types are typically some of the most visually appealing hallmarks of homes in Cincinnati - and one of the most attention-drawing kinds of those unique 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 combined with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one decide which window covering to select? Just as with other specialty window makes, bay windows have specific features to think about. Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as show you the perfect partners for your Cincinnati bay windows.

White shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Bay Window Treatments

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering might hide the style of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your temperature and light levels - Bay windows tend to let in a lot of light and heat from outside. Choose a window treatment that keeps your home comfy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to complement your bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how well you can see out your window, and how much others are able to see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, making them look somewhat generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling for light as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes hurt the aesthetic of bay windows by hide their unique shape, which is one of their main benefits. Light control tends to be a zero sum game with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - A few homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The lone reason for no window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so reduces your control over light and heat, and can let passersby get an undeterred look inside the house at all hours.

Recommendations For Cincinnati Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the amount of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available 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 a great view while keeping control of light levels.

Our cellular shades can be purchased in a range of transparencies, from slightly see-through to opaque, so losing your privacy is never a concern. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades won’t bulk up at the top or along the side of your window when opened, because they collapse so easily. That way you’re able to preserve the beautiful look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half plantation shutters in family room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Cincinnati homeowners the opportunity to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades however, by giving you even higher levels of light and visibility control with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even greater leeway in how you accentuate their aesthetic with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a huge draw. Polywood shutters can stop close to 30° of heat flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters surpass all other wood shutters, being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are also able to accentuate the wood frame around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Cincinnati!

You’re doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati help your windows go the distance with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati team today by calling 513-216-9740 to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and have product samples brought straight to your house!