Indianapolis Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

Bill Burke

Specialty window types are usually the most visually charming features of houses in Indianapolis - and one of the most eye-catching types of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - if they’re combined with a great window treatment.

But how does one know which window treatment to pick? Just like other specialty windows, bay windows have their own considerations to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as show you the top picks for your Indianapolis bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A poorly-chosen, boring window treatment may hide the aesthetic of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your temperature and light levels - Bay windows can let in a good amount of heat and light from the sun. You need a window treatment that keeps your home comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to complement your bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how clearly you can see out your home, and how clearly those on the outside are able to see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hurt the appeal of uniquely-shaped windows, resulting in them looking rather cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes bring down the charm of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their central benefits. Light control is also a zero sum game with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe they should keep a bay window uncovered. The lone upside to going without a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so decreases your energy efficiency and light control, and will let people outside your window get an undeterred view inside your home at all times.

Top Picks For Indianapolis Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Stylish, wallet-friendly, and simple to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they’re such a great fit for bay windows is the amount of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down/bottom-up system which lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, letting you get your perfect view while maintaining control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a worry. In addition, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or along the top of your window when drawn, because they collapse so effectively. That means you’re able to preserve the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half plantation shutters in family room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Indianapolis homeowners the opportunity to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while adding the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades however, by offering even better control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-made for your windows, you can have even greater flexibility in how you complement their aesthetic with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

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

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters surpass all of the competition, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters can also complement the wood border around your bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Indianapolis!

You might be keeping your room from looking its best if you aren’t getting a great visual “pop” from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis help your windows reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis team today by calling 317-558-9066 to set up your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and have product samples brought right to your door!