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Bay Window Curtains & Blinds and Other Bay Window Coverings

How to Choose the Best Window Treatment for Bay Windows

Bay windows are a beautiful architectural feature on any home, but finding bay window curtains and blinds that fit well can sometimes be tricky. 

The good news is, there are lots of options for bay window blinds and other bay window coverings that will offer the light control and privacy you desire while flattering the unique shape of your bay windows.

Whether you prefer something unobtrusive and simple or would prefer a window covering that adds a bolder decorative design element, there is a bay window treatment option for every style.

What’s The Best Window Treatment for Bay Windows?

Bay windows are uniquely shaped, featuring three sides that project out from the wall of the building. Bay windows usually consist of one main, or picture, window and two side windows that are most commonly angled at 45 or 90 degrees, creating a nook, or ‘bay’.

The best window coverings for bay windows should fit within the bay itself to emphasize the unique shape while still maximizing privacy.

Read on for more information about the best window treatments for bay windows.

Venetian Blinds for Bay Windows

Venetian blinds are the most classic of all window treatments and many people favour them over other types of window coverings. Venetian blinds are a good option for bay windows because:

  • They are elegant and simple in design: This makes it easy for them to fit perfectly in any room, regardless of decor. 
  • They are available in different materials: Choose from aluminum, wood or anything else that suits your decor needs.
  • They offer complete light control: You can choose how much light is let into a room by adjusting the angles of the slats. Keep them fully open to fully closed or anything in between.
  • They balance letting in light with maintaining privacy: You can keep your blinds partially open and remain unseen by the outside world.
  • They are effortless to clean: Simply wipe the slats down occasionally with a damp cloth to get rid of dust or debris.

Roller Blinds/Shades for Bay Windows

Roller blinds (also called roller shades) are made of sheet fabric that rolls up around a tube situated at the top of the window. Super easy to operate, you can choose exactly where you want the blind to be positioned.

Roller blinds are ideal for bay windows because:

  • It is easy to control light and privacy.
  • They fit neatly into the bay window frame. Usually, one blind is used for each side of the bay, although if your picture window is particularly wide you can opt for two or three smaller roller blinds.
  • A huge variety of fabric colours and designs are available for roller blinds including sheer or light blocking.

Draperies and Curtains for Bay Windows

Drapes or curtains are a great way to dress bay windows while retaining your personal style or highlighting the decor of the room. 

They are an aesthetically pleasing and versatile option for bay windows because:

  • Drapery fabric is available in many colours, designs and textures, from sheer and floaty to heavy and warm allowing you to pick a style that suits you.
  • Curtains can accommodate the shape of a bay window well. Use a curved curtain rod to allow the fabric to frame the bay so the shape is still visible even when the drapes are closed.
  • Alternatively, drapes can be used only in the corners of the bay as a design accent.

If you are considering curtains for your bay window, remember to get enough panels to cover all the sides.

Roman Shades for Bay Windows

Roman shades add a decorative touch to any window and are able to easily accommodate the unique design of a bay window.  

  • They frame large bay windows nicely.
  • They come in different textures so can create a visual contrast or blend into a current decorative theme.
  • They are customizable: Add options such as interlining, blackout lining, decorative trimmings and edge accents to create a unique shade.

You can choose between different types of Roman shades, such as classic, hobbled or relaxed, which all provide a different look, whether you want something elegant and traditional or prefer a more contemporary finish. 

Soft Vertical Blinds for Bay Windows

Soft vertical blinds are the perfect marriage between the convenience of vertical blinds and the elegance of soft drapery folds. Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds have curved vanes that look great on any window and offer exceptional sound absorption, elegant styling and translucency to let in natural light.

Vertical blinds work well for bay windows because:

  • They can be fitted to accommodate the angled sides for maximum light and privacy control.
  • It is easy to control the vanes on each side independently for privacy and light control where you want it.
  • Vertical blinds suit short and full-length windows well and are easy to operate and clean.

What to Consider When Choosing Bay Window Coverings

There is a lot to consider when choosing which type of window treatment you want for your bay windows, but the following advice will make it easier: 

  • Let your window coverings frame the bay: Avoid cluttering the bay or obstructing the view.
  • Mount your drapery high: Mount along the return walls of the bay window for a better fall and finish.
  • Avoid exposed cords: The Government of Canada has officially banned the use of cords on all blinds, draperies and shades in order to adhere to child and pet safety standards.
  • Choose an expert service provider for your window treatment needs: Ruffell & Brown Window Covering Centre can help you make the right choice when adding a window covering to your bay windows. 

Ruffell and Brown, based in Victoria, BC offers a wide selection of drapes, blinds and other window treatments for all the windows in your home, including bay windows.

Book an appointment today and we’ll come right to you for an in-home consultation to discuss all the options available to you.

Patio Door Window Coverings

Enhance Your Patio Door With These Window Treatment Options

Looking for blinds for your patio door? Or maybe some other type of patio door window coverings

Sliding glass doors and patio doors are fantastic features for your home. They conveniently lead guests from your kitchen, living room, or dining room onto your back patio or deck.

Busy families with pets or outdoor seating should choose a quality patio door window covering that is durable and a functional fit for their sliding glass door. If summers are too hot for you, you might want to look at sliding glass door window coverings that keep out unwanted heat…which can help save energy too. 

So, what are the best blinds or coverings for your sliding glass doors and patio doors?

With so many choices available, it can be an overwhelming decision!

The best way to narrow down what you want is to find the patio door blinds or window coverings that suit your needs, style, and budget. 

Your Choice of Window Coverings for Patio or Sliding Glass Doors

There are several types of window treatments to choose from for your sliding glass and patio doors:

  • Shutters
  • Panel track blinds
  • Drapes or curtains

With so many colours, patterns, and textures to choose from, how do you decide which is best for your home?

Tips For Finding the Right Window Treatment

  • Match your window coverings with your décor

While honeycomb shades are one of the best options to choose from, if your other window coverings are drapes or wood, it might not be the right choice. Unless you replace all of your window coverings with honeycomb shades.

  • Easy to use

If your patio door gets a lot of foot traffic, it’s a good idea to choose a window covering that won’t hinder movement or partially block your path.

  • Having light control and privacy control

Does your patio door happen to face the street or a neighbour’s property? Keep that nosy neighbour out of your sight with an opaque patio door window covering. 

If your patio door is in a bedroom or living room that doubles as a home theatre, you’ll want to consider blackout fabric options

If you’d rather let the light in than protect privacy, sheer curtains can be the right choice. 

  • What direction does your patio door face?

If your sliding glass door faces due south, it’s letting in the maximum amount of natural light during the day. In the summertime, that’s less than ideal.

During the winter, it can be a benefit. The sunlight can create a passive heating effect in that room.

Regardless, acquiring thermal insulated curtains or cellular shades is the best choice here. 

  • Find the right lift system you need

Did you know all window coverings in Canada  have officially gone cordless?

As of May 1, 2022, the Government of Canada is not allowing any blinds, draperies, or shades with any exposed cord of any kind to be sold in Canada. 

Child and pet safety has always been a top priority at Ruffell & Brown. This is why we have a great selection of cordless and motorized lift systems available for your patio door window coverings.

  • Fit into your budget

Your patio door window treatments should not only fit into your décor but fit into your budget as well.

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s the best choice for your sliding glass door.

Vertical Shades for Sliding Glass Doors

One of our most popular products, the Duette® Honeycomb Shades offers superior energy-efficiency. These are the perfect choice for extreme climates. 

Duette® comes in a wide variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and textures. 

For greater energy efficiency, choose Duette Architella® Shades. Its honeycomb within a honeycomb design creates a bigger layer of insulation for your patio door. 

If you’re looking for a more common window treatment, perhaps vertical blinds for your sliding glass door are the right choice. 

Two popular products in this line are the Skyline® Gliding Window Panels and Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds.

Both of these choices offer a wide range of colours, textures, and styles to compliment your décor.

Discreet Window Treatment Ideas for Your Sliding Glass Door curtains for sliding glass doors

Luminette® Privacy Sheers can offer the best of both worlds with sheer drapes and vertical blinds. Its soft fabric design can diffuse natural light and create a soft ambiance in any room. 

With hundreds of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, these can work perfectly for patio doors and other wide expanses of windows in your home. 

If the fabric isn’t your style, perhaps wood-woven shades are. This can offer a one-of-a-kind, organic feel to your home.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing Provenance® Woven Wood Shades is that the natural wood can be durable against harsher weather conditions.

Patio Door Shutters or Draperies? patio door shutters

If the area you live in experiences high heat or humidity, hybrid or non-wood shutters can a good choice for your patio doors. Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters are durable enough to stand up to high heat and humidity. 

With many design options to choose from, they’re guaranteed to never warp, crack, fade, chip, peel, or discolour from harsh temperatures. 

While draperies can look stylish on their own, you can also pair them with another window treatment for a truly unique look in your home. 

Pairing your choice of window treatment with our signature fabric can create an elegant feel for your home.

With your choice of many patterns, textures, and styles to choose from, this can provide extra privacy and light control in any room. 

Find the Perfect Window Treatment

Much like anything home-related, the biggest question you need to ask yourself is:

What look are you going for?

Are you looking for a laid-back, chic, or minimalist vibe? Perhaps you’re looking for a contemporary, boho, rustic, or industrial look?

When it comes to choosing patio door window treatments, the choice is yours!

At Ruffell & Brown, our dedicated staff has been serving satisfied customers since 1987 from our Victoria, BC, showroom

Contact us today for more information about patio door window coverings and so much more.

Window Covering Inspiration For Every Room in Your Home

A Look at What’s Currently On-Trend in Window Covering Centre

At Ruffell & Brown, we know just how important and how overwhelming it can be to pick out new window treatments. There are so many options to choose from, and it can be hard to know where to begin.

Perhaps you have recently moved into a new home and want to update the existing blinds or window curtains to fit your style preference. Maybe you just need some inspiration for a new design as you redecorate your home. Whatever the case may be, in this post we’ll provide you with some lovely window covering inspirations for each room and window in your home. We can help dress with speciality sizes and shapes of windows, suggest products for your specific needs, coordinate with your colour palette and so much more.

Window Coverings in the Living Room 

When you think about window coverings and drapes, this is probably the first room to come to mind. This is understandable, as it is one of the main focal points in a home.

In the living room, it’s okay to be bold and choose a curtain with a dramatic design that makes a statement. Think of window dressings with rich, deep colours and a combination of cellular shades and long curtains. A combination or dual treatment like this will give you the ability to close either one layer or both layers. This way, the amount of light throughout the day can be easily controlled, and you’ll have privacy at night when it gets dark.

Soft, long draperies are a great way to go for the living room.

Some more tips:

  • If you’re looking for a softer, more subdued colour palette, look to nature to discover some beautiful earthy, green tones that go beautifully with neutral whites and creams.
  • Lush red drapes will make you feel like royalty.
  • Colour-match or use complementary colours for your shade and curtain duos. This is especially the case if you have a lot of patterns in the room already.
  • Monochromatic designs with blue and grey tones are currently trendy, along with pink and purple-hued curtains.
  • Still not sure? Breathable, translucent beige curtains and shutters are always a timeless, go-to look.
  • Natural materials with textural elements are always in style and provide a no-fuss look to your windows.

Window Coverings in the Kitchen 

In the kitchen, it’s always about classic neutrality with durability. After all, the kitchen is a frequently occupied space that can get busy and messy.

A great option is to go for wide-slat faux wood blinds. Traditional wood blinds can actually warp and start to deteriorate when they’re exposed to humidity, but faux wood blinds are made of composite PVC and can stand the wear and tear of everyday life in the kitchen, so you don’t have to worry. They can also be motorized and set to open and close at the click of a button or by voice command with a smart device.

Other tips:

  • For a quaint, countryside feel, opt for sky blue window shutters in the kitchen.
  • Lambrequins and valances can be great in a kitchen or dining room window to add drama and style.
  • For added depth and movement, consider a cotton fabric with alternating shapes—ie. alternating matte and sateen stripes.
  • Neutral beige or white walls with floral curtains add a summery, feminine touch.

Window Coverings in the Bathroom

Steam-proof! This is the most important element when selecting window coverings for your bathroom and laundry room, as they have to hold up against high humidity.

The best option? Pleated shades, as these will give you easy control of the light and privacy, while still being durable.

How about the bathtub or shower stall? If you’re tired of the same old shower curtain patterns, why not select a drapery panel to add a sense of fun, drama, or relaxation to your bathroom? Your one-of-a-kind shower curtain can be any size you like, whether you want it to float just above the bathtub or shower rim, or pool elegantly onto the floor. Pair it with a good quality magnetic shower curtain liner to keep it dry and protected.

As for the laundry room, aluminum blinds are practical while still providing a fresh aesthetic. They’re also a more affordable option in a room where the style of the windows may not be your first priority, unlike in the family room or living room. Cellular honeycomb shades are also a good choice, since they blend in well and can be easily dusted or vacuumed to be kept clean.

Window Coverings in the Bedroom

While aesthetic is important in this room, so is a good night’s sleep and privacy! The trick to this is to use multiple layers to achieve total darkness, as well as bring in natural light while enjoying optimal privacy.

Tips:

  • Lined natural shades and patterned draperies can give you control of the levels of light and darkness while still being stylish.
  • Double-cell honeycomb shades will keep your room at an even temperature and stop you from getting too warm when the sun comes in.
  • For the kids’ rooms go for cordless or motorized blinds in a fun design or colour, or something neutral that can grow with them.

Window Coverings for your Home Office

You have a lot of leeway here, so this is where you can have fun and be creative again. Try ombre-style curtains, or an accent colour like green. Even black can go well against a desk and computer. If glare is an issue, go for Designer Roller Shades like the ones we offer from Hunter Douglas, as these will help tremendously and will also provide you with some style.

If you’re eager to find your new perfect window coverings, look no further than Ruffell & Brown. Whether you’re looking for functional vertical blinds, shades, or fancy and stylish drapes, we have it all here at our Ruffell & Brown Window Covering Centre. Our team is friendly and knowledgeable, always providing top-quality customer service, and we would be happy to help you find the window coverings of your dreams. Contact us today to book a free consultation with one of our experts, or stop by our showroom on Bridge Street in Victoria, BC. 

How to Add Custom Style with Draperies / Curtains

12 Creative Ways to Use Drapes in your Home

Draperies remain a very popular option for window coverings thanks to the vast variety of styles, material types and their ability to bring character and flair to any room.

People are starting to discover that draperies can do more than frame a window though. Interior designers and clever homeowners are taking advantage of the versatility of drapery panels to discover completely new, creative, stylish, and practical solutions for their living spaces.

Read on to discover the creative ways you can use curtains around your home.

Are Draperies Still Trendy?

Draperies remain a timeless option that can reflect the most classic of styles or the latest of fashions. Draperies can be used to:

  • Add colour
  • Add style
  • Create a focal point
  • Control light 
  • Prevent UV damage
  • Reduce glare
  • Give privacy
  • Prevent heat loss

The simplicity of a drapery panel, combined with the many options of material and ways to hang them mean curtains never go out of fashion. 

How to Hang and Accessorize Drapes

Choosing the drapery fabric itself is just the start of your creative options. How you hang, finish and accessorize draperies can make all the difference in getting the right feel for your home.  Options include:

  • Rods and finials –  can be decorative or simple depending on your style
  • Top treatments – soft valances or hard cornice boards can cover hanging rails and add height and interest
  • Hanging styles – try layering sheer and heavier fabrics, or overlapping drapes for more privacy
  • Finishing touches – use swags and tie backs to create a more defined look

12 Creative Ways to Use Draperies in Your Home

A popular current trend is to use draperies in places other than around your windows. The list below shows that there are many ways curtains and drapes can be used for practical purposes, such as room division or to replace a door in smaller spaces. 

They also offer the opportunity to be experimental with your room décor and create warm and cozy spaces that people will want to spend time in.

  1. Divide a room – Draperies can be used to provide a visual separation or definition of spaces in an open plan layout while retaining the flexibility of a large space. In loft-style living, draperies suspended from the ceiling around the sleeping area can create privacy and block light.
  2. Make a canopy bed – Canopy beds don’t have to be just for kids! Whether you prefer the romantic look of a light and breezy canopy with sheer fabric; or want to create a dark and cozy sleep capsule using blackout drapes; ready-made curtains offer an easy and quick way to achieve your look.
  3. Use like wallpaper – Hang decorative drapery fabric across entire walls for a focal point which adds warmth and style.
  4. Use in place of a door between rooms – Using draperies creates a softer flow between rooms and is a good option when complete privacy and soundproofing isn’t so important.
  5. Create a bed or reading nook – Turn a walk-in closet, or awkward space, into an enclosed sleeping or reading area; by using full-length curtains to close it in. Get creative with lighting and accessories to create a really cozy place to relax.
  6. Use to conceal storage areas – Use draperies instead of doors on closets or vanity units to hide what is stored inside without needing the space a door will take up. Draperies on closets can help with access to far corners that can get blocked with traditional sliding or louvre doors.
  7. Create a shaded patio – Draperies don’t have to be kept inside. Define an outdoor living space with draperies that can also double as a shade provider. Add draperies to the sides of a gazebo, or hang around the edges of a deck for extra privacy from neighbours.
  8. Create a designer headboard – A draperies hung behind a bed can create a soft, stylish alternative to a headboard. If your room layout restricts you to having your bed in front of your window – consider using strategic drapery and top treatments to create a canopy effect headboard.
  9. Create a walk-in closet – Not enough closet space in your room? Use draperies hung from the ceiling to divide off a piece of the room and rolling clothes racks to create your own walk-in closet.
  10. Frame an entryway – Hanging draperies across your front door can help provide privacy, dress up your entryway and keep the warmth inside during the winter.
  11. Create an entryway – If your front door opens directly into your living area, hang a curtain at 90 degrees to create an entry nook. It will also help keep cool drafts out of your living area when the door is opened.
  12. Laundry disguise – Are your washer and dryer tucked into a tight area? Concealing them with draperies is a great option where space is too tight for a door to open. Using a curtain to disguise laundry machines stacked in a bathroom can help soften the look of the room, especially if you have a glass shower door.

Where Can I Find Classic and Modern Draperies for My Home?

If you need some ideas or inspiration about how to use curtains in your home; talk to an expert in curtains and draperies such as Ruffell & Brown. Our Victoria, BC, showroom boasts an array of examples for you to browse and our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help you with suitable and affordable options.  

Our free in-home decorating service is a great option to enable you to see a selection of drapes within the setting you want to use them. Our team can provide complete measurement and installation services too.

Drop into our showroom on Bridge Street in Victoria, or contact us today to arrange an in-home consultation.

Cleaning Tips for Your Curtains

Caring for Your Curtains, Drapes and Sheers

As it gets colder, many homeowners turn their attention away from the yard and back to the interior of the house. This might mean tackling some deep cleaning, paying attention to all those nooks and crannies that may have gone ignored during the warmer months.

At this time of year, walls, fixtures, carpets and baseboards all get their bi-annual scrub. What about your window coverings and top treatments like valances and cornice boards?

Since curtains, drapes and sheers can all collect dust and debris throughout the year, it’s important to clean them regularly and give them a good deep clean once or twice a year.

In addition to keeping your curtains and drapes looking beautiful, keeping them clean helps to prevent the buildup of allergens like dust, pollen and pet hair, which spread every time the curtains are opened and closed.

First, Remove Any Built-Up Dust and Debris

The good news is that most fabric window treatments usually only need to be dusted. A good rule of thumb is to dust the drapes and top treatments every time you vacuum.

To remove dust, you can use a can of compressed air, the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, a high-quality feather duster, or your hair dryer on the coolest possible setting. If you use compressed air, a blow dryer, or a feather duster, you’ll still want to break out your vacuum to pick up the errant dust particles.

Whichever method you use, a gentle touch is key. When using a vacuum cleaner, you might want to cover the end of the hose with a bit of pantyhose, to prevent the fabric from getting sucked into the hose. Using an upholstery attachment, vacuum both sides of the fabric, around the hardware, and up around any crown moulding or cobwebs that might have gathered near the drapery rod and finials.

Try a Spot Test – If your window treatments can be cleaned in the washing machine or by hand, try a spot test in a hidden area first. Test with your usual detergent and let the area dry fully. This will let you rule out any discolouration before you move on to washing entire panels.
If steam cleaning is recommended, try steaming a small hidden area and let it dry fully. As with a spot test using detergent, this will let you see if steaming has caused any discolouration in the fabric.

A Few Notes:

  • Avoid using magnetic cleaners such as a dusting mitt on any blackout or room darkening fabric since this could damage the backing.
  • When cleaning windows, spray glass cleaner on a cloth rather than spraying on the window. This will keep the cleaner from hitting your fabrics and potentially damaging them.

Next, Choose Your Cleaning Method

Washing by Hand – (not recommended for custom made draperies and larger sizes)

Using a mild detergent in warm water, immerse your curtains into a bathtub or large laundry tub. The important thing here is to make sure that there’s enough room for the fabrics to fully soak. Wash like colours together at the temperature shown on the care tag. Delicate, dainty fabrics like lace and sheers should be washed by hand or in a mesh bag. Avoid rubbing or wringing out the fabric, as this can damage the fibers.

Using the Washing Machine

  1. Take the curtains and drapes down
  2. Remove any hardware—metal rings, clips, tie backs and weights. Loosen the heading tape if there is any.
  3. Shake the panels off outside to get rid of any last bits of dust
  4. Double check the care instructions if there are any.
  5. Soak the panels in cold water, then move to the washing machine
  6. Be careful not to overload your machine. If you’re washing heavy, long drapes, (not recommended) stick with one or two panels at a time
  7. If you can, hang your curtains and drapes outside on a clothesline. If you have to dry them inside, lay down plenty of towels to catch dripping water and protect your flooring
  8. Iron your drapes while they’re still damp, using the appropriate fabric setting. Iron lengthways on the wrong side, making sure to stretch the fabric to prevent any puckering of seams. Hang the curtains or drapes back up while they’re still a bit damp and they’ll dry to look absolutely perfect

Using a Steamer

If steaming is okay for the type of fabrics your curtains and drapes are made of, you can forgo the trouble of taking your curtains and hardware down. As long as your curtains don’t need a full clean with detergent, you can steam them. Purchase or rent a good quality steamer and you can have your window coverings cleaned and hanging beautifully in a snap.

  1. Vacuum excess dust from on and around the fabrics and hardware
  2. Ensure that your steamer has an attachment meant for upholstery/drapery fabrics.
  3. Carefully follow the instructions on the machine. For best results, steam the fabric on the wrong side, working top to bottom

 Unsure? Treat Your Curtains to A Professional Cleaning

The best way to protect your investment and ensure an even clean is to take your window coverings to a professional. It also takes this task off your plate, so you can drop the window coverings at the cleaners and get on with your day. As window fashion experts, we’re happy to recommend a reputable cleaner near you if your window coverings need a bit more TLC.

 

Are your window fashions looking outdated? Thinking about an upgrade? Established in 1987, we have one of the largest window covering showrooms in Canada and feature a wide range of suppliers and products to be able to provide window fashions to suit any home and style. Conveniently located in downtown Victoria, BC stop in to view our showroom, or book your free shop at home appointment to get started on your home makeover today!