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Allen Nelson, the author, brings to these articles 30 years of experience in the interior design field including custom window decorating design, fabrication and installation. His specialties involve all types of window decor including custom made curtains and draperies, ready made lace curtains and macrame ring lace as well as blinds, shutters and shades. His designs have been used in a variety of settings in many beautiful homes throughout Southern California.
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Several Bay Window Treatments
What makes bay windows different are the many ways you can change the look of the room depending on how you differ the window treatment design. Once you have decided on the amount of formality you can start on the various options for the final design.

There are always three or more separate windows that are involved in a bay. The most obvious design would be to do them as three windows using three separate but equal treatments. This certainly can be accomplished effectively but they can also be treated as one large window in many different ways. One attractive method would be to have a tied back panel on each of the far sides of the bay and a Valance that stretches over all of the windows. This creates a one window look and usually has the effect of enlarging the room. As one window treatment there is a greater ease of combining it with a furniture setting as one whole decorative unit. It is always better not to feature the windows separately, as you would with three separate window coverings but to include them in the whole room setting. We believe this is accomplished by treating the bay as one window.

Using this same one window approach you could install one macrame ring lace valance across all of the windows and macrame tiers in each window separately. If there is a privacy need you can use a pleated shade or mini-blind in each window. By combining the two ideas you can have tied back panels on each side, a valance across the entire length of the bay and separate tiers or cafe panels in each separate window.

With special order curtain rods you can even have draperies and sheers that open and close across the entire bay. A valance can be added as well.  As you can see the only limiting feature isyour need for more or less privacy.  Actually, if you think about it, you can also treat two or more adjacent window on a wass with the same one window type options.  If you have a corner with a window on each side it can be teated in the same manner.  We hope that we have given you a couple of useful ideas.  More ideas with different window types can be seen on our other pages.

Best of luck with your designing.
We wish you the best of luck in your decorating endeavors.

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