How To Dress A Bay Window

Wondering how to dress a bay window to make the most of its architectural features? The options are endless for decorating these fashionable sets of windows. Bay windows generally consist of three windows that curve out, leaving a bow shape in the room. If you're lucky enough to have a bay window, dress it so the space isn't wasted and make the area look like the special spot it is.

To dress a bay window, you will need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Shades or shutters
  • Window seat
  • Cushions and pillows
  • Plants
  • Side table
  1. Decide on the decor for the entire room. Before spending time, effort and money dressing the bay window, figure out what the general design of the room will be to help match the bay window to that theme.
  2. Paint the woodwork. When you paint the woodwork around the windows it provides a frame for the window dressings you will use. A clean, bright white is a good choice or use another neutral color that you'll use for all of the baseboards, doors and mouldings in the room.
  3. Select shades or shutters. The clean look of either shades or shutters keeps the focus on the bay windows. Frilly curtains or drapes distract from the architectural design in this instance.
  4. Build a window seat. If desired, have a window seat built to dress the bay window area. The window seat provides a perfect spot to curl up with a book or to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Add cushions and pillows for comfort that complement the room's decor, such as the sofa or chair upholstery.
  5. Use plants and a table to finish the bay window. If you opt to not build a window seat, place some potted plants and a side table in the bowed area provided by the bay window.