The choice of fabrics is always a delicate issue, especially when it comes to curtains for a bay window. After all, the atmosphere in the room depends on which curtains are chosen.
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Bay window is a concept that is not known to everyone. This word denotes an architectural element, namely a window that protrudes slightly above the lower floor. It is most often used in multi-storey buildings. Bay windows are wide and large and take up a lot of space.
Its main drawback, in the opinion of many, is that a lot of money has to be spent on glazing such a large window. But it's worth it, because the interior in a room with a bay window can be created truly royal.
The classic bay window consists of three large windowsalthough other smaller designs exist. When building a private house, you can make the bay window more spacious, and limit its size in the apartment.
When choosing curtains for a bay window, keep in mind that it is customary to curtain each section separately. In this way, you will not only decorate this part of the room, but also visually raise the ceiling in the room. If you drape the window with one continuous curtain, then the room will seem wider, which also benefits many rooms. You can enhance the effect by securing the drapery on top.
If you choose the first option, then Roman blinds, pleated blinds, roller blinds or Austrian curtains will come in handy… All of them are easily mounted on one part of the bay window. And in the second case, it is worth using heavy sliding curtains. If the window itself is small, then you should limit yourself to tulle or thin curtains. Avoid thick curtains with bulky folds so that the fabric does not occupy free space and make the room visually smaller.
It is also important to consider the purpose for which you want to use the bay window space. Most often, there is a recreation area or a study. In some cases, the free space can be used as a playground for toddlers or a dining area.
Place for lunch
If you plan to put a table with chairs in this area, then it should be borne in mind that we are not always careful with food. Therefore, the curtains are not only impregnated with the aromas of food, but also get dirty faster than in other rooms. Curtains for the dining area near the bay window should be used inexpensive, but as good as possible. There are, for example, fabrics with water-repellent impregnation. It is easier to clean them of dirt without washing.
In the area reserved for a mini-office or a place where you will indulge in your hobbies, the curtains should be more strict. Choose solid colors to help you create a relaxed work environment. Preferred colors are blue, beige, white. They will not only not interfere with the light from entering the room, but will also protect you from unnecessary noise. You can choose blackout roller blinds, classic blinds or regular curtains that only reach the middle of the window.
The guest area is designed differently. Here you can show all your imagination and use any materials and colors. The main thing is that you feel comfortable. For the decoration of the guest area, you can use both elegant filament curtains and thick curtains with curtains.
Decorating the living room in a classic style, you can decorate the bay window with thick Austrian curtains in a rich dark color or heavy curtains with garters. Such curtains are most often used when decorating curtains that do not open for airing. Also, curtains of this type hide the unsightly exterior outside the window. In addition, they are convenient to use also for the reason that they do not allow light to penetrate from the street into the room. Therefore, if you also use the living room as a sleeping place, then nothing will interfere with your good rest.
If you have a small living room and there are not so many places for a recreation area, then you should not occupy it with thick curtains with many folds. You'd better pay attention to light curtains, translucent tulles. They, despite their outward simplicity, make the room beautiful and stylish. Such a move will also help those whose room is overloaded with unnecessary furniture.
Tips for choosing a curtain rod
All curtains, regardless of whether you choose them for a bay window or a regular one, are attached to the cornice. Due to the fact that the bay window has a slightly non-standard shape, it is necessary to select a suitable cornice. It should follow the curves of the window and fit. In some cases, decorating a modern bay window, you even have to make custom-made cornices.
There are several main types of cornices. The simplest is a round bar made of metal or wood, which is attached to the wall. These rods do not adjust to the shape of the window, so the curtains will take up more space than you would like.
The second, more practical option is profile cornices, which consist of several elements. They are prefabricated, so you yourself fix them on your window so that it is convenient for you. Such cornices can be freely attached not only to the wall, but also to the ceiling. Due to this, even multi-tiered curtains can be hung on them.
However, whichever cornice you choose, the most important thing is the strength of the fasteners. Check how well it sticks to the wall or ceiling, and only then hang the curtains, especially if you are dealing with heavy curtains made of dense fabrics.
Defining the style
Curtains can be selected not only based on the strength of the cornice, but also focusing on the style in which the room is decorated. After all, curtains take up a lot of space and change the perception of a room.
A bay window is an architectural element that many associate with the classic European style. Therefore, they prefer to design it with thick curtains made of heavy fabrics.
To complete the interior in a classic style, multi-tiered curtains are hung on the windows or combine blackout curtains with light tulle. From above, such curtains can be decorated with a lambrequin. This is a very useful detail, because by replacing only one such detail, you will change the decor in the room to a more casual one, or vice versa, solemn.
Curtains for decorating a living room in a classic style should be chosen from materials such as silk, velvet, satin. They can be either plain or covered with an elegant restrained pattern.
This style is suitable for modern living rooms or mini-offices. It is the complete opposite of the luxurious classics. It is better to decorate a bay window in a room decorated in this style with solid-colored thick curtains. For example, Roman blinds or fabric blinds. They are practical, high quality and easy to install. Using them, you leave yourself as much free space as possible.
However, you shouldn't think that minimalism style is always boring and not original. You can always choose curtains made of bright fabric, which will become an interesting interesting color accent in your room, or choose fabric with beautiful patterns.
Eastern style is, first of all, harmony and the absence of unnecessary details.Japanese-style living room curtains can be decorated with patterns of orchid flowers or hieroglyphs. For an oriental style, it is also worth using roller shutters or blinds. In some cases, muslin looks appropriate - the same filament curtains that give the room an Asian charm.
If you want to create a romantic corner or a place for family gatherings in your living room, then Provence-style curtains are suitable for you. This is a combination of weightless tulle with light curtains in pastel colors. They can also be decorated with discreet floral patterns. Choose lightweight materials for curtains - chintz, linen, cotton. They should let in light and not weigh down the window and the space next to it.
Correctly selected curtains are a guarantee that the living room will turn out to be stylish and cozy. If you choose curtains that do not suit your style, then it will be very difficult to correct this mistake. But if you listen to these recommendations and take into account all the basic tips, you can create a cozy space in which it will be pleasant to relax and work.
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