Bay window is a common term for a protruding window construction. Most of the time they are polygon shapes or square in design, but they also may curved. In its most basic form, a bay window consists of two protruding windows. A bay window can add depth and architectural elements to your home, and provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch your decorating muscles. A bay window can be a cozy place to sip your coffee, or it can provide a frame for a picturesque view.
The best part of the bay window is usually the view. Don’t take away from this natural asset by overpowering your window with clutter. Consider the room you’re window is in. If it is adjacent to a busy dining area or kitchen, it’s probably best to minimize the decorations. However, if it bookends a grand library or formal dining room, color, texture and pattern would be the ideal enhancement.
If you have a bay window, you really must have a window seat. There isn’t anything nicer then curling up with a good book in the afternoon sun. If your window did not come with a seat, put wall cabinets in under your window and top with bright cushions. If that will not work, place a comfy chair or some floor cushions next to it. Just be sure to give yourself the chance to linger comfortably and enjoy the view.
Another tip is to frame your window with color: add some potted and hanging plants and flowers that thrive in sunlight. They will enhance the view of your yard and bring some nature into the room if yours is a city view. There are also so many choices when it comes to window treatments for your bay window. A classic Roman shade or blind is versatile and will help avoid over-decorating the space. Shutters, either wooden or sleek metal, are perfect for creating a private, cozy nook.
Draperies and curtains will add bright color and texture to your window. If you want to extend the appearance of width use curtains or drapes to cover the walls framing the area. This technique will let in the sunlight while keeping the charm and color of curtains. Sheer curtains are also an option to keep your window private without blocking the light. Sheers will add texture to the room and can be dressed up with bright curtain panels or valances.
A bay window can even be a child’s special place to dream and play. It’s easy to find kid-themed decorations that can be anything from stars to dance to transportation or sports. Base your decorating theme on your child’s interests. Don’t worry if his interests change; most window cling decorations can be designed to be temporary and will not hurt window glass, walls or window seat if they need to be removed.
We’ll look some more at this topic next time. In the meanwhile, start that template we discussed the other day and order your hardware so we can get started!
Drapery rods and rings are the jewelry of your windows. They add shimmer to enhance metallic finishes in the room, or if they are bamboo, iron or rich woods, they add a hint of sophistication and the finishing touch to the dressing of the window. If you decide to use finials, the little sculptures of wood, iron or bamboo on the end of the rods, it’s as if you’ve added a tiara to a head full of curls.
Like any dress fitting, the hardware for your windows needs to fit properly. When measuring a window for decorative hardware, follow these simple steps:
*Measure the width of your window treatments, noting whether or not taking you want to mount hardware on the wall or directly on the window trim.
*Allow 1 1/2″ – 3″ on each side of the window for when the drapes are open all the way.
*Consider any extra wall space needed for decorative finials: the rod dimensions do not include additional width added by each finial.
*If you want to make the windows appear larger, mount the curtain rod 6″ above the trim and allow the rod width to extend 3″ beyond the window’s actual width.
Most drapery hardware accessories are designed to provide stylish accents to complete the look of your window treatments. Tiebacks can be used to hold draperies off to the sides of a window and can be as simple fabric strips or can be more elaborate bows. Holdbacks will offer the same functionality as tiebacks, but they consist of rigid, decorative materials that are secured to a wall providing a holder for keeping drapes and curtains in an open position. Rings, clips, hooks and pulls are what connect drapes and curtains to the rod and may be either hidden or decoratively visible. Styles range from simple, unadorned wrought iron rings to clips with decorative leaves or stars. Drapery jewelry can take a number of different forms, such as covered buttons.
If what you are looking for is a completely different look, install a hinged rod. This type of rod allows you to swing curtains back and forth, covering the window when you want it covered and keeping the curtain in another spot when you don’t. Do be sure that it is installed in an area where the curtain provides some decorative value when not covering the window!
You’ve made all the way through the A-Z Window Treatment lessons! Ready for a Quiz?
1. Narrow tubular pleats, used on stationery panels
2. Sheer under curtains that hang next to the window
3. A flat paneled fabric shade that folds up into accordion pleats
4. A drapery header with a series of large cylindrically shaped pleats
5. Decorative fabric sashes that hold drapery panels open
6. A fabric shade that pulls up into soft swags
7. A very full fabric shade often sewn with inverted pleats between each swag
8. Sewn to form a reverse box pleat
9. An milky looking layer sewn inside a drapery to block light
10. A shallow decorative box designed to conceal drapery hardware
11. Decorative embellishment attached to each end of a curtain rod
12. A large cornice piece that entirely frames a window
13. A fabric window topper typically 12 to 18 inches long
14. A channel sewn to the top or bottom of a curtain
15. A window treatment of fabric swathed over the top of a window
16. Short curtains hanging from a curtain rod
17. The place on each side of a window where a drapery folds back when fully opened
18. Length from the front of a drapery rod back to the wall
19. A cascade of fabric hanging down the sides of a window
A. Pencil pleats
B. Goblet pleats
C. Roman Shade
D. Glass curtains
E. Inverted pleats
F. Blackout lining
H. Roman shade
I. Balloon shade
J. Austrian shade
Q. Café curtains
R. Rod pocket
Bamboo is making a comeback as a design material this year, but this time, it has more range than ever. If you would like to introduce a subtle bamboo element into your window treatments, try incorporating bamboo hardware. Bamboo shades and blinds offer a warm color alternative to stark, cold colors of metal Venetian blinds. You can pair your bamboo blinds or shades with any style of curtain, from floral chintz to tasseled golden velvet. Bamboo shades and blinds can also be used without additional window decoration for a modern look.
Sometimes it’s not possible to incorporate real bamboo into your life. Phase II Bamboo Hardware is carved out of wood poles to simulate the real look of bamboo. Your finishes and looks will be more consistent than what real bamboo can provide. Made from wood and resin, faux bamboo rods let you create stylish and exotic themes for your home reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Phase II bamboo rod diameters are 1 1/4 inches. They are available in two color finishes: Mahogany and Oak, at 4 foot, 6 foot, and 8 foot lengths. When choosing Phase II bamboo rods, it’s important that you realize that although we will not cut these poles down for you, they can be cut down at home. How? Take equal amounts off each end of the pole. Easy! Need a pole longer that what is listed? Simply connect 2 poles together with a connector screw and use a center support bracket to hide the seam giving you an extra-long curtain rod.
Phase II bamboo drapery hardware items are in stock and usually ship in about 7 business days direct from the manufacturer. Continental Window Fashions will give the home or business owner who is looking to add beauty and elegance to their windows a chance to make their exotic decorating dreams come true. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone
Bamboo is one of the most Eco-friendly building materials there is—it’s sturdy and solid, yet it grows extremely fast and is therefore rapidly renewable. It has a stark, elegant look that will likely blend into the decor of your home. Menagerie Bamboo Curtain Rods and Drapery Hardware is a bamboo drapery hardware collection offering many styles to coordinate with your individual needs. Please note that all of the bamboo poles are independently created by Mother Nature. No two poles are identical. The organic pits, discolorations, and pole “curves” are natural enhancements to the bamboo designs, and are not considered defects. All Menagerie Bamboo Drapery Hardware accessories are cast in resin and stained to match the real bamboo curtain rods.
Bring the island flavor of bamboo to your home or beach house with Menagerie bamboo drapery rods and accessories including bamboo curtain rings, curtain rods and brackets. Menagerie has a 2″ bamboo drapery hardware collection offering many styles for you to integrate into your home.
Curtain rods are a great place to integrate this wood into your home. Bamboo curtain rods come in a variety of colors and are visually lighter than most wood and iron rods creating a laid-back appeal that’s perfect not only for a coastal home but for any room where you’re craving an injection of seaside style. Pair a bamboo rod with a set of light sheers. The color and weight of the rod keeps the sheers from feeling like they’re floating away, while at the same time the sheer fabric makes the rods seem less heavy. One of the best things about bamboo is that it naturally compliments a pattern. Geometric prints or bold prints work well with bamboo because the simplicity of rods doesn’t allow it to compete.
As a high end designer drapery hardware system, Menagerie Bamboo is completely customizable for your taste and décor. The Bamboo Collection offers versatility for a contemporary and tropical décor. Menagerie bamboo drapery hardware items are in stock and usually ship in about 2 business days direct from the manufacturer.
Continental Window Fashions will give your home beauty and elegance and a chance to make your design dreams come true. Menagerie Bamboo Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.
Faux bamboo originated in Asia. Western traders discovered it along the Silk Roads and brought it to the West during the 18th century. Even Louis XIV used the faux-bamboo motif at the Palace of Versailles! Not to be confused with natural rattan, faux-bamboo is man-made through a meticulous process. Each piece is cast from a hand-crafted mold and then assembled together. It works anywhere, from beach retreats to city flats.
Bamboo drapery rods and drapery hardware accessories from Phase II are made from carved wood and resin that simulate the look of real bamboo. Phase II Bamboo rods are carved out of wood poles to simulate the real look of bamboo. Your finishes and looks will be more consistent than what real bamboo can provide. Made from wood and resin, faux bamboo rods let you create stylish and exotic themes for your home reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Phase II bamboo rod diameters are 1 1/4 inches. They are available in two color finishes: Mahogany and Oak, at 4 foot, 6 foot, and 8 foot lengths. When choosing Phase II bamboo rods, it’s important that you realize that although we will not cut these poles down for you, they can be cut down at home. How? Take equal amounts off each end of the pole. Easy! Need a pole longer that what is listed? Simply connect 2 poles together with a connector screw and use a center support bracket to hide the seam giving you an extra-long curtain rod.
We love to link our outdoor spaces with our indoor spaces and we love to create interiors that are both beautiful and hospitable. Bamboo makes this an elegant possibility. It’s rare to find a piece that works just as well on the porch as it does in your foyer. Just a piece or two of bamboo can instantly downplay a formal space or liven up a boring room. Why not create a rotating display of cherished family pictures? A stylish, interchangeable hanging display can be put together easily .Suspended a collection of neutral-toned s frames from extra-wide, striped ribbons looped over a handsome faux-bamboo curtain rod from the Bamboo drapery rods collection from Phase II. After hanging the curtain rod, determine where the frames should fall. Try staggered heights, as this creates a less formal look. After filling the frames with photos turn them face-down on a flat surface and attach a length of ribbon to the center of the top and bottom edges of the frame with a staple gun (hot glue would work, too), allowing a “tail” to trail out from the bottom. The looped ribbon then slides onto the rod — and slides off easily again when you are ready to change your display. Tip: Choose shallow brackets so your rod sits relatively close to the wall — if the frames hang too far away, they may swing a bit instead of facing straight ahead.
If you are looking to add beauty and elegance to your home Continental Window Fashions will make your design dreams come true. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone