Bay windows are a great asset to any room in your house. They allow you to enjoy magnificent views and let in ample amounts of sunlight. One draw back, however, is that it can be difficult to find the proper drapes to enhance their functions.
Depending on your personal tastes and room arrangement there are many options to dress up your bay view. Here are three suggestions for simple window treatment DIY's:
Reading Nook. If you have a window seat decorate it with comfortable cushions and hang curtain panels on the outer borders. This way you create privacy and utilize natural light for your reading time.
Valences. For bay windows in kitchens use valences instead of full length curtains to set up a European-cafe-inspired dining area. By placing a table and some chairs next to the window you can enjoy a panoramic view of the outdoors while you eat. If you prefer privacy in the evening then install blinds that can be pulled down when night comes.
Roman Shades. In TV rooms dress your windows with roman shades to prevent sun glare on your screen. As the light angles change during the day you can increase the amount of outside light you want to come in by adjusting the shades.
Layering curtains and drapes is also another great way to decorate your bay windows. It is possible to achieve multiple affects by combining some of the techniques listed above in order to control lighting, privacy and design.