How to decorate bay windows with curtains

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How to decorate bay windows with curtains
Double sided drapes like these work well for bay windows (dark curtain image by Danuta Kania from

Bay windows can create a tricky situation when it comes to decorating. Rather than seeing the bay windows as separate sections, it is important to treat the area as a whole unit. Decorating the bay windows in this manner gives a streamlined appearance of unity. Curtains come in a wide variety of styles, and each style has an optimal display technique, so choose accordingly.

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Things you need

  • Sheer curtains
  • Slim track curtain rod
  • Unlined curtains
  • Tiebacks (optional)
  • Double sided drapes
  • Finial curtain rod

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  1. 1

    Choose sheer window coverings for bay windows. Allow the sheer curtains to puddle five to seven inches at floor level. Install a slim track curtain rod inside the window sill by drilling through pre-measured holes. Pale colours, such as yellow, sage green or sky blue work best for sheer curtains. However, remember that if you can see out through the curtains, passersby can see in.

  2. 2

    Hang unlined curtains across the front of your bay window at ceiling level. If there is a seating area in the window, pull the curtains back with a rope tie or tassel and stop the length at the window sill. For windows with no seat, lengthen the pulled back curtains to the floor. Use a slim track curtain rod attached to the ceiling or a standard finial curtain rod attached to the wall at ceiling level. This option is perfect if you want to add a pop of bright colour to your room.

  3. 3

    Utilise double sided drapes to create a private reading nook by hanging them from the bulkhead of the bay window. Pull the drapes straight across, closing off the interior of the window. Drapes should just reach the floor to be neat looking. Neutral colours work well for double sided drapes, as neutral colours open a room up. Very dark colours can make a room seem smaller and can be overwhelming.

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