f you are researching windows to install in your home and come across one called a bow window, don’t worry. It’s not a typo. Bay windows and bow windows are very similar, but not identical. If you are unsure which one best suits your space, learn more about what each has to offer.
</p><p><strong>Bay </strong></p><p>A bay window isHarvey a three-paneled window that juts from your home, and typically features a window seat or storage bench below it, on the inside of the house. It is an attempt to bring the outside indoors. By creating the illusion that while in your living room, you’re simultaneously in your yard, the bay window creates a unique space in your room and eye appeal.</p><p><strong>Bow </strong></p><p>Bow windows are typically larger than bay windows, but serve a very similar purpose. Usually, bow windows have five panels, which cause them to curve like a bow instead of appearing more rigid like a bay window. The size makes them a prominent feature in your room, so it’s important that you have the wall space to incorporate them, and that you are comfortable with the light and exposure they allow.</p><p><strong>Customizing </strong></p><p>Once you have decided between bay and bow windows, the fun begins! You can customize with finishes such as:</p><p></p><ul> <li>Wood color</li> <li>Glass type</li> <li>Hardware</li> <li>Grilles</li> <li>Screens</li></ul><p>These choices will dramatically change the look of the window, so before you commit, envision the window with all of your selections. Have a good sense for the finished product before you head home. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when the window arrives for installation. Once the window is in, you also have the opportunity to create a new internal space.
Should You Upgrade Your Old Windows to Energy Star Rated Windows?
Bow and bay windows are sought after by homeowners to make a bold statement. Curb appeal is often enhanced by replacing a few standard double-hung windows on the front of a house with one large "showcase" window that projects outward from the exterior wall of the home. By extending the facade in this manner, you are afforded the ability to construct an interior window sill onto which you can set vases or other floral arrangements, fine porcelain or even trophies, if your heart desires. I had a customer several years ago who purchased a large bay window for one simple reason: to allow his cat a place to comfortably lay in the sun.
As with all replacement windows, there are many factors you must take into consideration when purchasing a bow or bay window. First and foremost is the energy-efficiency of the product. Remember, these windows are much larger than traditional double-hung windows, the ones you will likely find in your bedrooms. As such, there is substantial glass surface area which will be exposed to the elements. Choose a window with poor glass and you'll be miserable for years to come.
The interior window sill on a bay or bow window can be vinyl or wood. Often, birch is the wood chosen by manufacturers for its beautiful wood grain. Be careful if you plan to place plants on this window sill. When watering, any overflow will damage the wood before long. It may be best to opt for a vinyl sill if this is your intention. If instead you plan on placing a large vase or artificial flowers on your new sill, birch will be your most attractive option. A wood sill can be stained and a polyurethane coating applied to not only protect it, but to complement your home's interior. Often we will stain a sill to match a wood banister or hardwood flooring in a customer's home.
A Kitchen Bay Window - More Than Just a Pretty Face
Decorating windows can be a very fun and creative project for someone who takes pride in the appearance of their home. However, it can sometimes be a challenge if you have an arched window or even a classic casement window and have no idea what to do with it. You don't necessarily NEED to hire an expensive Interior Designer or Home Decorator to give you some really unique ideas for window treatments. A stroll around your local home improvement store, down the magazine isle at the book store or even an online search can spark your imagination.
What you will want to do is determine the functionality of your window treatment. Do you want it to give you more privacy or do you want it to "frame" your beautiful view? Those are just two questions you should ask yourself.
Once you determine that, you can decide on a thin, transparent material or a thick, opaque material to cover your windows. You can mix and match window treatments so all of your concerns are met. For example, you can have a set of roman shades for privacy and light control behind some beautiful silk drapes that accentuate your home decor and view. I'm just throwing ideas out there to get you thinking.
There are many options for both types of window treatments (those that fit in your window and those that go around it.) The typical mini-blinds have been joined by window shades that offer features similar to mini-blinds but have an added sheer material to better serve your privacy and lighting needs. Sheer window shades like that give a modern and simplistic look to the window. Different shapes, colors, textures, and designs are available for whatever window shade best fits your home.
Today's technology has made motorized shades available for the high-tech crowd and they even come with battery-operated remote controls. These window coverings are on a track on the vertical sides of the window and slide from the top OR bottom. This is a great feature that allows for maximum natural light to come in when the top of the shade is down (like a clerestory window) while also showcasing your view when the bottom of the shade is moved up.
Whatever style you go with, modern or country, keep in mind that window treatments can be the focal point of your room, even a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. They are not specific to living rooms or dining rooms like one may think. Simply pick a style that compliments the room or adds that "finishing touch." You'd be amazed at how something as simple as a window treatment can really give your home that put-together look and comforting feel.
Bay and Bow Windows
With the charm and grace that it provides a room, bay windows is one of the most important window types that is difficult to decorate. Architecturally designed as an overhang window, this window type may be designed with or without a window seat. Having a window seat allows for more space within a room from which guests can sit without the added tables or chairs in the area.
Choosing the correct window treatment for bay windows can prove to be a little bit tricky as compared to regular windows since they come in two types: the polygonal-shaped windows or the normal square windows. Depending on how big your bay window is, you have several design options to pick from. So, use more of your imagination to come up with unique window treatments.
Another option is to use tab curtains for your windows. With the use of a curtain rod, your curtains can be opened by manually pulling them to the other side.
So, the trick here is to consider the shape of your bay windows before deciding on the type of window treatment to apply. Seek professional help if you think your ideas do not match with your current furnishings. Understanding how bay windows should be treated will ensure a well-thought out design and a functional area as well.