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Bow Window Treatments

Bow Window Treatments

To determine the best bow window treatments you must first know the difference between the bay window and the bow window. Bow windows, just like bay windows, are usually composed of individual windows.

The general look of the bow window has a more curved appearance bowing out from the wall that is attached to where the bay window has a more definite angular pattern as it extends out from the opening.

The treatments for a bow window are addressed similarly to bay window treatments. The components are essentially the same, with individual treatments for each independent window. Additionally, it is a good idea to complement the individual treatment with some kind of flowing accessory such as an operable curtain or swag treatment to create more texture.

Must Compliment the Exterior

A very important consideration is the exterior view of your bow window treatments as the bow window is a very architecturally-appealing design of the building. With that in mind, you don’t want to create an interior treatment that detracts from the exterior appeal of the home or building.

Draperies and Curtains

View this large assortment of draperies and sheers that will create a fantastic look to your bow windows.

Bow window treatments utilizing draperies and curtains have two basic choices for operable systems. The most popular and most economical selection is to use a straight track or rod across the face of the window opening. The other choice is to have a custom bent drapery rod or track fabricated to hang your fabric in place.

Pleated Fabrics

A vertically pleated fabric can be very attractive while creating a less official look especially when using textured linens and other types of woven fabrics. Smooth fabrics with crisply formed pleats will create a more formal appearance.

Drape Operation

Modern technology of today provides for easily and affordably motorized and automated operation. Curtain rods carriers can now be operated by battery powered systems or 110 volt plug in systems. Wall switches can be added for push button control or you can operate the system with a hand held remote.

Motorized bow window treatments provide a dramatic and impressive display opportunity when guests arrive and begin to explore your home.

Window Blinds and Shades

Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal mini blinds or venetian blinds are commonly used to provide light control and privacy in bow window treatments. They might be comprised of aluminum, wood, or faux wood and come in an endless variety of colors.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a throwback to the 60s and 70s, but are making a comeback. Often thought of as hard treatments, vertical blinds are now available with a tremendously diverse selection of light filtering materials which are weighted at the bottom to produce straight lines in the vanes.

Roller Shades

In recent years the roller shades have become a very popular choice of hard treatments for windows. The choices available for roller shade cloth are much greater than they were 20 years ago. There are the traditional blackout fabrics and a whole new breed of light-controlling PVC-coated fiberglass and polyester yarns with openness factors ranging from 1% to 10%.

Roman Shades

Some of the more beautiful treatments for bow window treatments are roman shades. This type of shade has horizontal pleats that gather and stack as the shade is lifted by means of a cord, bead chain, or motorization. Horizontal stripes and lines seem to be the most popular style of fabric, but bold colors, solid or with contrasting patterns are also very eye appealing.

Check out this selection of beautiful roman shades that you can get with or without matching drapes for very affordable prices.

Add a Box Seat Feature

The addition of a box seat can add storage and practical use to a bow window without a lot of extra cost. Stacking matching fabric cushions and contrasting back pillows can create an exciting feature to a room especially if there is a need for extra seating.

If the bow window is in a children’s area it can double as a toy box for the kids. The box seat can also function as a quilt and blanket storage for extra guests or those cold winter nights when additional covers are needed. With a little creativity you can come up with a myriad of storage uses for box seats.

Don't Hesitate to Experiment

Bow window treatments should be fun to create and enhance your home’s beauty. Sometimes the adventure of creating a bold new look is as fun as the actual function of the way you choose to decorate. The worse thing that could happen is you decide you don’t like what you created and you can have even more fun creating a whole new look.

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