San Jose Bay Windows Need Beautiful Window Treatments

Curtis Orton

Specialty window types are usually the most visually appealing qualities of houses in San Jose - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those specialty windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a look of comfort and fashion all at once - if they’re paired with a great window treatment.

But how do you know which window covering to select? Just like other specialty window types, bay windows have their own considerations to take into account. Sunburst Shutters San Jose will walk you through the bay window treatment checklist, as well as show you the top picks for your San Jose bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Complement your bay window - A badly-chosen, boring window treatment may mask the style of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of light and heat from outdoors. Select a window covering that will make your home cozy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how much you can see out your window, and how well those on the outside can see inside.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically hinder the glamour of uniquely-shaped windows, making them look somewhat cheap or generic. They also underperform in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Similar to blinds, drapes hurt the aesthetic of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their primary features. Light control tends to be ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The single advantage of no window treatment is an increase in visibility, but doing so reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let outsiders get an easy view inside the home at all hours.

The Best Choices For San Jose Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Stylish, easy on the wallet, and a breeze 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 level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and feature a top-down, bottom-up system that allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, letting you get fantastic visibility while keeping light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades are also available in a range of opacities, from sheer to completely opaque, so a lack of privacy is not a concern. In addition, unlike some other shades, cellular shades don’t bulk up at the top or at the side of the window when opened, since they fold in so easily. So you’re able to keep the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Bottom half white shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer San Jose homeowners the ability to display their bay windows’ shape while adding the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades however, by offering even better light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-built for your windows, you can have even more flexibility in how you enhance their aesthetic with full-length or half-length shutters.

Since bay windows are usually some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive allure. Polywood shutters can block up to 30° of heat flow in your space if used correctly, which means that a cozy home is a simple tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters are also able to complement the wood frame around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, San Jose!

You might be keeping your space from looking its best if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters San Jose help your interior design soar with our professional expertise. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters San Jose team today by calling 916-542-1305 to set up a free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your house!