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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 Coverings for Odd-Shaped Windows

Custom Blinds to Make Your Specialty Shaped Windows Beautiful

Odd-shaped windows are an eye-catching addition to any home, adding character and curb appeal to the outside, and a unique architectural element inside.

While specialty-shaped windows add something special to your home, they can be more challenging to dress than regular windows.  Luckily, our team at Ruffell & Brown has lots of window covering solutions for odd-shaped windows. Our wide selection of window fashions will let you create and keep the look of your unique windows consistent with your other traditionally shaped windows or make them the star of the show.

The Benefits of Covering Odd-Shaped Windows

As with all windows, there are many benefits to adding blinds, roller shades, or other coverings to your odd-shaped windows:

  • Temperature control: Blinds and shades help to control heat in the home and save energy too
  • UV exposure: Using a window covering that has a UV filter, like a solar shade, will prevent sun damage to floors and furniture
  • Light Control: From sheer shades to blackout shades, get the coverage you need depending on how much natural light you’d like.
  • Glare Control: Prevent annoying television and computer screen glare

The Best Window Treatments for Odd-Shaped Windows

Here are our suggestions for the best blinds for your odd-shaped windows:

Arched and curved windows: Arches come in many variations including half-moon and eyebrow shapes.

  • Fixed cellular shades: This honeycomb type shade, which comes in a vast variety of colours and light control options, can be customized to fit any window shape, including arches.  The static covering, shaped like a fan, would be fixed into place and would not open or close. 
  • Moveable cellular shades: The Hunter Douglas Duette EasyView Arch, available through Ruffell and Brown, can be completely lowered using a simple sliding mechanism, allowing you to choose whether it is open or closed.
  • Wood / Faux wood blinds: Available in a fan or ‘sunburst’ shape, these won’t completely open but there are options to have the slats fixed or moveable for personalized light control.
  • Horizontal Blinds: it is possible to get custom-shaped horizontal blinds to match up with your existing blinds. While they won’t lift up or down, the slats can be tilted for light control.

Angled / top sloping / triangle: Windows which have a sloping top edge

  • Vertical Blinds: Blinds which hang straight work well on top sloping windows. The top edge is cut to the correct angle, so they all fall to the correct length. These can be fully opened as they will just stack up to the longest edge. Use of a valance to cover the top edge will help create a more sophisticated look.
  • Cellular shades: Can be used as a fixed shape in just the angled part of the window in addition to a moveable separate blind on the straight part of the window. Another option is a one-piece shade that will only raise or lower until it reaches the angled area. 
  • Drapes: Top sloping or triangle windows can benefit from the softening effects of well placed drapes, which can be used to frame the window as a fixed feature.

Trapezoid: Four-sided windows with one pair of parallel sides – the other sides may taper or angle in the same direction.

  • Shutters: Are a good option for a wide range of unusual shapes as they can be custom fitted. The slats can still be opened and closed for light control.
  • Fixed cellular shades: A cellular shade in your choice of material and light control can be custom made to fit a trapezoid window but be aware it won’t be moveable.

Hexagons / Octagons: Some of the most unusual but most eye-catching window shapes. These windows can often be found in historic homes and merit being enhanced by window coverings.

  • Shutters: As well as retaining light control thanks to the moveable slats, a shutter can be designed to fully open, like a door, for access to the window for air flow or cleaning.
  • Fixed cellular shades and horizontal blinds are also options for hexagonal and octagonal windows. Neither will be operable although horizontal blind slats can be opened and closed.

Circles / Ovals: An uncommon shape, but circular windows and oblong windows can add real character to a room. Make your porthole window a feature to be proud of.

  • Shutters: An option for round windows is to have the shutter made in two halves so one or both sides can be fully opened for access to the window. The slats on both sides will open and close independently too, giving lots of flexibility.
  • Fixed Cellular shades: A useful option if you don’t need an operational covering.

Bay / Corner / Box windows: Although the windows themselves are usually rectangular, the configuration and angles between each window can make installation of window coverings a bit trickier.

  • Roller or Roman Blinds: These types of blinds work well for bay or bow windows as they can fit closely to the window and can add additional style and décor at the same time. 
  • Drapes: Utilizing a valance to cover the tracks; drapes or curtains can be used either around the curve of the windows, or across the front, creating a nook effect.

Custom Window Coverings are the Best Option for Odd-Shaped Windows

Odd-shaped windows are unique and generally aren’t standard-sized. This means that out-of-the-box solutions usually won’t work. To get a window covering that truly fits your odd-shaped window, our expert window dressing designers will consult with you to ensure a perfect fit.

“The transformation, for the house, just in terms of aesthetic and comfort was astounding. If livability and peace of mind are quantifiable things, then this certainly earns top marks.”

-R. Colin Newell (Google reviews)

Ruffell and Brown Can Custom Cover Your Odd-Shaped Windows

The window treatment experts at Ruffell and Brown are ready to create the perfect solution for your odd-shaped window covering. Victoria, BC is the location of our showroom where you can meet one of our designers and see in person some of the different products and material options available.

There’s nothing that we enjoy more than to enhance all the windows of your home, especially the odd-shaped ones, with beautiful blinds, shades and drapes. Contact us today to book a free estimate with our window designers, or visit our showroom at 1-2745 Bridge Street, Victoria.