5 Tips for Decorating a Bay Window

A bay window can be a distinctive visual feature for your home; it lets in lots of natural light, provides a view of the outdoors, and gives you a perfect area for extra seating. It can add both length and depth to a room, which is why it is important to take the time to decorate it properly to match the rest of the room’s d├ęcor. Here are some tips for how to do this.
 1.   Decide on the effect. Bay windows can add drama or provide a “nook” for reading and relaxing. Consider what room your window is in and then choose the style you are going for. You can give your window an elegant look and help the room look larger than it is, for example, by adding long drapes. If you are going for a more subtle approach, try painting the window in a neutral color that matches the rest of the room to enhance the window’s natural beauty.
2.    Make seating arrangements. One of the most important design aspects to consider is the ledge seat, and if you do it right, it could quickly become the most popular seat in the house. Choose a long, flat cushion in a coordinating color to sit on top of this ledge. Make sure that you provide plenty of padding.
3.    Add pillows and more. Make your seat cozier by adding accent pillows in a variety of colors and shapes. If you really want to get creative, consider making your accent pillows by hand to get a perfect matching shade or an unusual pattern. Arrange the pillows against the walls or place them casually across the cushion.

4.    Accessorize appropriately. If your ledge is too small to make a seat or if you choose to go a different route, there are a lot of beautiful options for making your ledge noticeable. Consider adding photos, candles, or plants to make this a stand-out display area.
5.    Choose furniture. After you get done decorating the window itself, don’t forget the area immediately front of the window. The furniture surrounding your window does not necessarily have to be symmetrical; try adding a small table to one side and a chair to the other. You can also add some furniture in front of or on the window itself, such as a reading lamp.
Bay windows are eye-catching and incredibly versatile. Make the most of yours by trying different things and finding out what works best for what you have in mind.
This is a guest post by Teresa Dahl. Teresa writes about bay window treatments and other interior design topics for Sunburst Shutters.

1 comment:

  1. I've always loved living rooms that have bay windows! Adding beautiful fabric curtains also look great on bay windows