3 Interior Design Tips For Bay Windows

| 11 March 2015
Bay windows are a window space that projects outward from a house creating a polygonal or square shape. Often found in old homes, and now in some contemporary homes, this space adds character to a home on the outside, while providing an alcove uniquely shaped on the inside.

Bay Windows Interior Design Tips

If you're having a hard time deciding what to do with this space, here are three helpful ideas to make the space beautiful and usable.
  1. Consider Including Seating
  2. This unique space filled with natural light is meant to be enjoyed. Consider building a window seat to turn an unused alcove into your new favourite spot! Building a window seat may not be as time consuming as you think. For some spaces, this project can be tackled in a single weekend. For extra comfort, add a soft cushion and decorative pillows. To turn the area into a cozy and intimate reading room, consider adding built-in bookshelves and a reading lamp. If your bay windows are near the kitchen, this space can be turned into a simple breakfast nook by using the window seat as chairs for one side of the table.
  3. Choose your Curtains Carefully
  4. Bay windows are great for enjoying natural light. Complete the windows with lightweight curtains, allowing the natural light to shine through. Sheer curtains or silk valences will add a delicate accent to your space, while solid or printed curtains or valences can spice up any drab bay window by adding colour and design. Choose a colour and style you love that will accentuate the windows rather than completely cover them up.
  5. Be Creative!
  6. Smaller bay windows, such as square alcoves above a kitchen sink, can be used to create an attractive herb garden for fresh herbs year round. Medium sized bay windows can be the perfect spot for a side table and two small chairs, while larger bay windows can serve your entire family at dinner and hold a full dining room table with seating.
The best part about designing the interior of bay windows is you're not limited in what you can do with this space! You can dress it up or dress it down depending on how you want to use it. It’s a functional area that can be used for personal leisure or work. It may take a little creativity, but the time spent designing your unique space to be comfortable and usable will be worth it.
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