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Although highly desired, bay and bow windows can be a challenge to dress. Here we show you some perfect shutters for different bay window styles.

The United Kingdom has an abundance of homes with bay windows. Many Georgian and Victorian homes were built with bay fronts but modern architects also like to give a home a bit of depth. This style of window increases the sunlight in a room to a space-enhancing effect. They add actual floor area too, as they project from the line of the building, which can prove beneficial in planning both the layout and look of the room.

Bay windows typically have 3 openings with a picture window in the middle and two smaller panels either side. Bow windows can feature 4-5 sections and are curved. A box bay window is generally rectangular, with a flat front and sides and some type of roof. If the sides of the box are angled, it can also be called a canted window.

Though highly prized, bay and bow windows can be a challenge to dress. But there’s more you can do to enhance them than by simply putting curtains up, which take up a lot of useful space. Here we show you some perfect shutters for different bay window styles.

Tier on Tier shutters

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In the above example,  displayed in an angled bay, these bay window shutters have been constructed in a Tier on Tier style. This is a common favourite for bays as tier on tier shutters are the most versatile of all shutter designs. While allowing both tiers closed, slats can still be angled to adjust the light with full control. With the top tier open, the shutters take on the appearance of a cafe style, granting maximum light into the room – yet keeping privacy on the lower half. Perfect for living room windows.

Café style shutters for bay windows

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In this box bay wooden bay window (above), shutters have been made in a cafe style. Perfect for lounges and studies, cafe style shutters can be used in place of bay window curtains to give great privacy – but still allow in plenty of light.

Keeping it classic

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If re-establishing your property’s Regency, Victorian or Georgian character is high on your list, you might prefer to choose solid shutters which fold back, offering a traditional look. These shutters are also the best for achieving near-blackout conditions, so are perfect for bow windows in a bedroom.

You can continue the classic look by selecting narrower louvres for shutter blinds hung at bay windows. They’ll perfectly complement a room with period features such as decorative cornicing and a ceiling rose. It’s advisable not to choose the very smallest louvre sizes though, as the scale of bay windows favours medium widths upwards.

Contemporary colours

If you fancy giving your room a more modern twist, then wide louvres maintain a current look without clashing with any period features. It’s worth remembering that proportion counts for everything: the widest louvres on tall, wide shutter panels suit large expanses of glass best.

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As bay windows are such an excellent focal point for a room scheme, you could go all-out for attention by choosing an accent colour for the shutters that will really highlight a bay window’s attributes. The featured colour could then be developed through other furnishings.

Elegance and light

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Finally, if you have a dark, north-facing room that you like to use during the day, then white shutters are a smart option as they help bounce the light around.

Shutters bring elegance and style to bay and bow windows. Externally, bay window shutters also work beautifully, emphasising the shape of the window and improving the exterior of your home.

Offering privacy from the outside world whilst giving homeowners total flexibility with light control, plantation shutters in bay windows are every bit as practical as they are timeless. They add a further layer of insulation against draughty sash windows, are easy to uphold, and contribute to noise reduction.

 

You can speak to one of our shutter experts about dressings for bay windows and other varieties here.

 

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Though they’re much-coveted, bay windows can be challenging to dress. Here’s how to make the very most of their curves and angles – plus the extra space they give your room.

A staple of period homes, and a welcome feature in more recent builds, bay windows boost the sunlight inside a room to space-stretching effect. They add actual floor area, too, as they protrude from the line of the building, which can prove useful in planning both the layout and look of the room.

What’s the best way to dress a bay window?

Bay windows can have a flat front and angled sides, the so-called canted shape; a square bay shape (where the sides are perpendicular to the flat front window); or follow a curved bow shape. Variations on the theme include bays with additional facets, and the triangular bays with two windows.

Shutters are a stylish and effective window treatment for bay windows. They can be made to fit the frames precisely, so the window can be dressed for maximum light control, as much privacy as necessary, and style.

Choose plantation shutters for bay windows, and the louvres mean you can make the subtle adjustments that are needed throughout the day at each of the elements of the bay as the sun moves round the house, preventing glare but letting in maximum light. As bay windows are often found at the front of the house, shutters are also the best way to stop passers-by looking into your room without losing daylight.

Tall bays can benefit from tier-on-tier shutters, so top and lower panels can be operated independently. Or you might prefer café-style shutters, which cover only the bottom part of the window for privacy, optimising light coming in through the top of the glass. Solid panel shutters are an option for bay windows, too. Try them in bedrooms to stop street lights and early dawns disturbing sleep.

Will shutters give a bay window period style?

If you want a traditional look, choose narrower louvres for shutter blinds hung at bay windows. They’ll complement a room that has period features like ornate cornicing and a ceiling rose. It’s best not to go for the very smallest louvre sizes, though, as the scale of bay windows lends itself to medium widths upwards

Like the idea of giving the room a more modern twist? Choose wide louvres (shown above) and the window treatment will look contemporary without clashing with any period features in a Victorian or Edwardian home. Bear in mind that proportion is everything: the widest louvres look best against large expanses of glass and used on tall, wide shutter panels.

Which colour shutters suit a bay window?

A bay window’s a fantastic focal point for a room scheme, so why not make it even more attention grabbing? Choosing an accent colour for the shutters will show off the window’s assets. You can pick up the shade in other furnishings to pull the look together. Even more spectacular? A two-tone effect (shown above) that’s like a large-scale artwork for the room.

North-facing room that’s dark? White shutters could be the cleverest option if you like using the room during the day as they’ll help bounce light around.

What furniture should I put in the space?

If your bay window’s sizeable, the nook might be perfect for the sofa, leaving more of the remainder of the room’s floor on show and making circulation through it easier. If it’s not the right position for the family sofa – maybe it’s awkward to put the TV opposite – think about putting a luxury seat like a chaise in there.

A less sizeable bay can still be home to an armchair, or you might be able to fit in a love seat – a supersized armchair that’ll make the room look more comfortable. Alternatively, think about making the bay a cosy nook that takes advantage of the view outside with a pair of chairs and side table in between so two of you can grab a coffee there.

If large pieces of seating won’t fit, a freestanding bench under the window can provide storage as well as a perch, or get a carpenter to build a seat that follows the sweep of the bay for capacious stash space.

Should I put a dining table in a bay window?

A bay can be just the right shape for a dining table – even if the bay itself is angular. Look for a round or oval-shaped table to fit tidily within its lines. Check the diameter of the table before you move furniture into the room or buy new, though. You’ll need enough room to move the accompanying chairs in and out as you sit down and stand up as well as to accommodate the table itself.

If your dining table is too big to fit the niche, it might still be worth positioning it towards the bay so you can take advantage of the extra space the window’s design creates for moving chairs on the window side in and out.


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Which accessories should I put in a bay window?

Don’t leave a bay window empty even if the layout doesn’t work with seating or a table. It’s a great space for a display of plants. The latest trend for home greenery is to show off big groupings of different-shaped foliage that really make an impact, and a bay’s a great frame for one. If your plants aren’t tall, a narrow shelf can raise them up to eye level.

Don’t forget the outside of the bay, either. Dress it with window boxes to draw attention to its lovely lines from the street. With the louvres of your shutters open, you’ll be able to appreciate the blooms from the inside as well.

Shutter Solutions for Bay Windows

Time to throw away your bay window curtains! Let us explain our bay window ideas for your home.

The United Kingdom is plentiful of homes with bay windows. Victorian and Georgian homes are typically built with bay fronts and modern architects alike add bays to give a home a less ‘square’ feeling. While looking fantastic, they can be cumbersome to add curtains or blinds – taking up significant space or not closing properly. Our shutters for bay windows can solve this problem.

In this instance (above) displayed in an angled bay, these bay window shutters have been constructed in a ‘Tier on Tier’ style. This is a common favourite for bays as tier on tier shutters have the most versatility of any design. While being able to have both tiers closed, slats can be angled to adjust the light with maximum control. When the top tier is opened, the shutters appear in a cafe style allowing maximum light into the room – yet still keeping privacy on the lower half. Perfect for living room windows.

In this box bay (above) wooden bay window shutters have been made in a cafe style. Perfect for lounges and studies, cafe style shutters can be used in place of bay window curtains to give great privacy – but still allow in plenty of light.

Shutters design tips – splits

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Split shutters are correctly termed tier on tier shutters or double hung shutters. Basically they are two tiers of shutter panels, hung in line, one above the other. One of the main features of split shutters is that you can leave the bottom level of shutters closed whilst the top level is open, this can allow our customers to let in a lot of light into their rooms, and also means that when they are closed, the slats on the top tier can also open independently of the bottom tier slats.

Shutterly Fabulous customers choosing split shutters, are generally concerned about privacy but wish to maintain maximum light entering into the room. Street level bay windows in homes which are situated directly on busy streets with lots of foot traffic tend to opt for this functional design. Split Shutters are not only practical with regards to privacy, and keeping prying eyes away from the interior of your homes, but they also look stylish and definitely let our customers make the most of their windows giving them light airy rooms.

Our customer here has chosen split, tier on tier shutters finished in a rich walnut stain on our yellow poplar hard wood. Shutterly Fabulous offer shutters made from quality hardwoods, yellow poplar and elm. Poplar wood shutters have a more subtle, softer wood grain while elm shutters, very similar to oak, have a more dramatic sweeping, deep grain… book an appointment price quote

Beautiful Hallway Shutters fitted in town house

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The window shutters installed on this hallway window are representative of the exactingly high standards achieved by Shutterly Fabulous. As we continue our plantation shutters ‘full measure and installation’ service reach to other parts of the UK, we now offer no obligation consultations to residents of Didsbury in South Manchester.

These hallway shutters are tier on tier. This means that they have been designed for the upper panels to open separately from the lower panels. Plantation shutters that we offer are completely custom made – we don’t sell ‘off the shelf’ window shutters which are then cut down to size. When we visit your home in Didsbury or any other suburb of Manchester), we will talk you through the different design options open to you and then custom make your order to match the specification discussed.

Many homes in South Manchester are built close to the road and some of those in Didsbury are no exception! The design shown is a great hallway window treatment as it allows you to swing open the upper portion of the wooden shutters, but leave the panels closed and louvers angled on the bottom. This means that if commuters are walking past your hallway window, they cannot peer in as the angled slats stop people seeing in.

The hallway plantation shutters have been painted an off white colour. This is one of a number of different paint colours available to choose.

Camberwell sash window double hung shutters.

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This detached property in Camberwell, South East London has been installed with Shutterly Fabulous shutters. The design of the shutters is the tier on tier shutter style. This is sometimes referred to as “double hung” shutters. These have the appearance of stable door shutters, they have a top tier and a bottom tier of shutters which can be opened back against the wall or the window recess one shutter tier independently if the other tier.

Having tier on tier shutters or “double hung” shutters installed in your home gives your shutters fantastic flexibility as to how they are used, this was something that our Camberwell shutters customer discovered. As the top tier of shutters can be opened independently of the bottom shutter tier, and vice versa, our Camberwell shutters customers have been able to let a huge amount of light into their rooms whilst still maintaining privacy by keeping the bottom tier of wooden shutters closed.

The window shutters in this Camberwell property have been installed away from the windows to the front of the window reveal into the room. You can see in the image that the shutters appear far away from the windows. Our customers can request their bespoke shutters to be installed either tight to the actual window or to the front of the recess.

Sometimes there may be factors which mean the interior shutters need to be fitted away from the window, such as window handles sticking out. If these handles protrude further forward than the actual window frame, and the shutter frame is fitted tight to the window, then the shutter slats will not be able to fully open and close properly. The shutter frame is therefore pulled away from the window towards the front of the recess to enable the slats to open and close fully in both directions.

Plantation Shutters by the Sea Lytham St Annes

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Blackpool and Lytham St Annes are massive holiday destinations in North West Lancashire for city dwellers from Manchester and Liverpool to either go to and relax, soaking up the sun or to eventually retire to. Fabulous manor homes surround the areas and with the British summers becoming hotter, most residents are choosing window shutters (also referred to as shutter blinds in the UK) to keep their homes cool in the summer heat.

Interior shutters have been around for years in hot countries around the world and now the UK is beginning to see the versatility that wood shutters can offer to our lifestyle. The most popular being white bay window shutters. There are a lot of listed buildings and other buildings of interest in Blackpool which can be perfect for our shutter blinds!

Our picture shows a typical Victorian house which could be based in Blackpool or Lytham and this customer has opted for tier on tier bay window shutter blinds to dress their window. They selected tier on tier shutters so that, as you can see, the top panels can be totally folded back allowing light to flood into the room whilst the bottom panels can remain closed and the shutter louvres angled to maximise privacy. The bottom panels can fold back too if required allowing the whole window to be clear and open.The Elm wood plantation shutters complement the room well and match the floor perfectly giving the room a chic and stylish look.

Some country houses in the area that are not overlooked by neighbours will also opt for café style shutter blinds. These simply cover the bottom half of the window and are also great for those with a budget to stick to but who want interior shutters to give them the interior design look that many people aspire to these days.

There are numerous designs and styles of shutter blinds and our in-house consultants can help you decide which is best for your room and for your lifestyle. If you are in the Blackpool or Lytham St Anne’s areas, or indeed anywhere in the North West, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover our window shutters prices are the keenest around and guaranteed by our shutters price match promise.

Ealing Tier on Tier Shutters | Style and privacy with window shutters

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Shutters with a tier on tier design look super in this property in Ealing. The window is a large bay with a natural break where the window has separate openers at the top.

Tier on tier is a style for your shutters where the shutter panel has an actually split at a point in the shutter panel across the horizontal. This split can be manufactured up and down the panel at a point which suits your window. By matching this split to the top of where the windows’ natural break is, or where the window changes, the split will match up and you will have a split and not see the framing of the window when the top tier of shutter panels are opened back.

This tier on tier shutter design in Ealing is super for when you are trying to achieve more of a privacy effect with your shutters. The top tier of shutter panels can be opened up to allow lots of light to flood into the room, whilst the bottom tier of shutter panels can remain closed and the slats can be tilted wide open to let light in, or the slats can be tilted to diffuse the light that comes in, or the slats can be tilted upwards to that privacy is maintained.

Shutters from Shutterly fabulous are made bespoke for each customer. This is great as not everyone’s windows are precisely the same. There is literally no such thing as a standard Victorian bay, or a standard sized Georgian sash. All windows will differ slightly, even if its just by a few millimetres, this is often found in new builds too. If the window recess has been excessively painted, or is out of square, the dimensions can differ by a few millimetres which is enough to cause the shutters not to fit.

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