A bay window floods a home with light as well as increasing the floor area and creating a bay. We have Edwardian and Victorian architecture to thank, as many city terraced dwellings were built with the iconic bay window. With many of us the proud owners of a bay window, we wanted to take a look at some beautiful bay window ideas. The slightly awkward nook they create can be a challenge to style. However with these fresh ideas, we hope you will be inspired to try something new.
First, let’s talk window treatments
Floor to ceiling bay windows equal loads of light but in the same breath a lack of privacy. There are a huge range of window treatments on the market from blinds, to shutters, to curtains. For on looked spaced with sash windows a divided shutter can give must needed privacy when ensuring maximum light from top half of the window. Curtains or blinds helps soften a space and bring in texture and pattern.
Utilise the bay
There are a number of ways to take advantage of the bay. A traditional 2 or 3 bedroom London terrace often features a bay window in the front room of the house. In many cases a snuggler or compact sofa, neatly fit within the alcove. Create a seating arrangement that utilises the bay and maximised floor space.
The Helmsley snuggler from Sofas & Stuff is a tried and tested favourite. The curved frame and scatter back design reflects the shape of the windows making for a perfect fit. The Clavering a scroll arm sofa with a distinctive traditional profile, generous seats and a fixed back. The Clavering requires very little plumping for a fuss free statement in any space.
Create a conversational space with a pair of armchairs for beautiful bay window ideas. Ground the space with a rug and play off the colours with a centralised coffee table. Add a sofa facing the window for maximum light and conversational flow. Take advantage of the period features and style the mantel with a mirror and some styling accessories. The Port Isaac chair in Tango Lunar is a stunning traditional shape that reflects the traditional style.
Compact living bay window ideas
Depending on the room and your personal style, a reading nook can be a great spot to relax and for the kids to read a book. Sneak in some added storage with exposed shelves and some hidden drawers to ultra-efficiency and style. The Habitat Collective has the reading corner nailed! The grey linen Roman blind frames the view into the garden. While the black sconce and dark hardware of the draw front brings the space up to date.
For compact apartments a bay can be the ideal spot for a desk. Who doesn’t want the soft sun on their face and an easy distraction from your emails with a spot of people watching. Equally, a canted bay window (with a flat front and angled sides window) can be transformed into banquette seating for a dining arrangement. Add a circular dining table and take advantage of the curved window space.
Your bay window ideas
Our customers are ahead of the game and well away with the concept. They are taking full advantage of their homes bay windows and period features creates a wide range of looks each individual and personal to them. Head to Instagram for more home inspiration and ideas.