I’m stuck in a bit of a rut. I recently moved into a new home and I’m not quite sure what to put at the bay window in my living room. The previous owners had bright red Venetian blinds – but that’s just not my style, so I’ve taken them down! How can I keep the light but ditch the privacy problems that come with having such an open window?
Tired of peeping eyes,
Bay windows are a gorgeous feature in any home, and the main thing is to make sure you show them off, not mask them. We’d always recommend blinds or shutters that follow the shape of the windows. After all, you don’t want to lose that lovely space for your armchair!
Roller blinds are a fantastic way to dress a bay window, and as you’re worried about blocking the light, a sheer option is your best bet.
However, something with slats could also be a fantastic choice, still letting the light in but allowing you to tilt them as necessary for privacy. For something classic and sophisticated, try shutters. Café style shutters only cover the bottom half of the window, giving you the privacy you crave while still letting the light in through the top of the window.
Or, to get the continental look on a budget, try Wooden or faux Wooden blinds. White slats with coordinating tape will add a luxury feel, and a shutter-style look.
If you’re wondering how to measure your bay window for blinds, we’ve plenty of useful advice on our site. Our how-to guides talk you through fitting for a square window like yours Amy, as well as angled options.
Here to close the blinds on your privacy problem,
Amy shuts nosey neighbours out
We hoped that Amy would be inspired by our suggestions, so when she sent us these fabulous pictures of her finished window we were over the moon to see she’d improved her privacy with blinds.
“I was immediately taken by the idea of a blind with slats that I could tilt. I wanted to steer away from a bold shade like the previous owners, so opted for a white slat. I picked a wooden blind – the ‘Deluxe Puritan’.
“The information for measuring and fitting on the site was invaluable. I didn’t know where to start, but the how-to guides made it so easy to follow. Getting the blinds up was a breeze too. I’d set aside a whole morning but it didn’t take anywhere near that long.
“I was prepared to lose some of the light to gain my privacy, but in fact, the opposite seems to be true. The white slats bounce the light off each other and make the room feel much brighter. That was an unexpected bonus!
“I originally considered coloured tape, but when I read Web-Blinds advice about white tape providing a shutter-style effect, I was sold. And now they’re up, I can’t help but agree. They look so expensive!
“The sleek white blinds really do complement the rest of the room, and provide a blank canvas for other bits and bobs in my living area like the ornaments on my window sill and my arty lampshade. I’m so pleased with the overall effect!”
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