San Diego Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

Kimball Jones

Unique window types are usually some of the most visually striking features of homes in San Diego - and one of the most attention-drawing examples of these unique windows are bay windows. From either the inside or outside, bay windows give a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - granted that they’re partnered with a great window treatment.

But how does one know which window treatment to go with? Just as with other unique windows, bay windows have their own factors to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters San Diego will take you through the bay window treatment checklist, and offer our suggestions for the best choices for your San Diego bay windows.

White shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Bay Window Treatments

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, boring window covering may hide the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows tend to let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Choose a window covering that will keep your space comfortable and allows make any adjustments easily.

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

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically diminish the charm of specially-shaped windows, which can make them seem rather cheap or generic. They also don’t deliver in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Similar to blinds, drapes negatively impact the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their main benefits. Light control is also ”all or nothing” with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners believe it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The only advantage of going without a window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so reduces your options for control of light and energy, and can let passersby get an undeterred look inside your house at all hours.

Top Picks For San Diego Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Brown honeycomb shades in lounge bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and simple to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down/bottom-up system which lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, letting you get fantastic visibility while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades also come in a range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a problem155. In addition, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bulk up at the top or along the side of the window when drawn, since they collapse so effectively. That makes it so you have the ability to maintain the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half plantation shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters offer San Diego homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters go above and beyond cellular shades though, by offering even higher levels of light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even greater flexibility in how you add to their style with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Due to the fact that bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive benefit. Polywood shutters can restrict close to 30 degrees of temperature flow in your space when used correctly, meaning that comfort for your home is just a tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, as they are the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters are also able to accentuate the wood border around your bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, San Diego!

You may be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters San Diego help your interior design soar with our professional expertise. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters San Diego team today by calling 858-956-5822 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your house!