How to Dress a Bay Window

Ever popular in both old and new properties, these windows let in an abundance of light and sunshine and add floor area too as they protrude out. Here we give some ideas on how to work with their angles and curves.

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Different Shapes

Shapes may be canted (a flat front with angled sides), a square bay or a curved bow shape. Triangular bays with two windows also exist.


Shutters are effective and attractive in bow windows. Made to fit precisely, they offer privacy and style. With plantation shutters, the louvres allow you to make adjustments to avoid glare and allow in maximum light as the sun rotates.

Tier-on-tier shutters suit tall bays, while café-style shutters cover just the bottom part of the window. Solid panel shutters are another option: use them in bedrooms to cut out early dawn light, aiding sleep.

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Since these windows are usually found at the front of the property, shutters are the best way to prevent passers-by from looking inside your room without having light levels affected.

Different Designs

Narrower louvres for shutter blinds give a traditional look to complement a house’s period features. Alternatively, wide louvres provide a contemporary aesthetic.

Colourful Shutters

An accent colour on the shutters will draw attention to the bay window’s assets. Use it in other furniture too for a cohesive look. For true artistic panache, try a two-tone design.

White shutters help bounce light around.

What Furniture Goes in the Space?

If you have a large bay window, you may be able to fit your sofa into the nook. If not, consider a chaise.

A smaller bay can still accommodate an armchair or love seat. Or you could group a couple of chairs there to make a cosy spot for coffee. You could get a carpenter to create a fitted perch with useful storage space.

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A bay might fit your dining table perfectly. A round or oval-shaped table will fit tidily.

Should your table be too big, place it towards the bay to use the extra space for moving chairs.


A bay window makes a great frame for a display of foliage. Don’t forget the outside of the bay, either. Dress it with window boxes to work an aesthetic.