Bay windows have long ranked high on homeowners' wish lists, and there are lots of ways to treat them. A wall-size bay can benefit from fabric panels hung between windows (see Photo 1) to keep interest inside and add warmth to wide-open spaces. Fabric-covered rods and rows of double swags visually link the windows. View multi-window bays as one unit.
Another bay idea: Visually connect a trio of windows with a cornice or pelmet top treatment (see Photo 2). Cut-from-fabric diamonds lined with a stiff interfacing and tacked to a pelmet board link this triad. On the bottom half, keep things simple with cafe curtains hung on tension rods installed inside the window trim. The curtains provide privacy without blocking light or treetop views.
For picture windows, you'll get the most pizzazz by installing treatments across the top. Stationary fabric shades keep interest high and soften the glass expanses. Or you can add height by starting valances, fabric, painted cornices, or swagged scarves 6 inches or so above the top window trim.
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