Inspirations For Bay Window Dressing

Every apartment or house poses a unique set of decorating challenges.  Are bay windows one of yours?
One of the things Mark & I loved about this house was all the natural light from the two bay windows in the dining room and a third in the adjoining living room.  Bay windows bring great light into a room and can make it feel larger.  However, while our windows flood the house with light, all our bays have window ledges (and in one case, a cabinet) built into them like a window seat.  Also, in the dining room one bay protrudes from the wall, and the other one is part of the floor plan – see the difference at the ceiling?
The one on the left could easily be dressed with a rod and panels, but the window on the right has six angles to wrap a rod around.  Six!!
Since I was intent on hanging panels on my windows, as opposed to roman shades or not dressing them at all, I scoured magazines, Pinterest and Houzz for eons, looking for inspiration on how to work around my obstacles.
There are so many ways to dress a bay window beautifully.  From placing panels between each window, hanging a rod across the top of the window or having it wrap with the window bay, or adding bamboo shades – there are lots of options to choose from.
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I love, love, love bamboo shades and white curtains!!
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I really wanted to hang panels on rods, but considering all the angles of my back window, in the end I opted for the unorthodox route of hanging my dining room curtains on retrofitted cabinet knobs.  I don’t have that continuity of the rod wrapping the window, but at least I was able to flank the windows with panels.  
Sometimes you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!
Having curtains in our dining room has really changed the whole feel of the room – even the feel of the house.  As soon as you walk into our house from our garage (unfortunately, the entrance that everyone seems to use the most) the view extends through the kitchen into the dining room, and something about having the windows dressed in here just makes our still-in-progress house feel a bit more “done”.  
By the way, have you ever wondered what the difference is between a bay and bow window?  
A bow is just a variation of the bay….. the next time your busybody neighbor that talks too much and thinks he knows everything brings the subject up, you can shut him right down with the cold hard facts!

For more window dressing ideas, visit my Pinterest board!

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