Bay windows situated on a curved wall create a focal point in a living room. Bay windows traditionally consist of three or more windows, with a large center window and smaller windows situated on either side. The flanking windows create 30, 45 or 90 degree angles to the curved wall. The purpose of bay windows is to open up a smaller room, extending the view. Decorate a living room to bring attention to the bay windows.
Things You'll Need
- Entertainment center or television
- Coffee table
- Floor carpet
- Small table and chairs
- Curtain rods
- Wall decals
Arrange the living room furniture in a fashion that brings attention to the curved wall and bay windows. The idea of a bay window is to create the illusion of a larger room while providing a large view of the outdoors. Incorporate this by situating the couches so the largest couch faces the bay window, giving sitters a view of the outdoors. Set a loveseat adjacent to the couch and bay window, creating a "U" shape with the window and two couches.
Lay a floor rug in front of the two couches to define the sitting area. Set a coffee table in center of the couch arrangement.
Position an entertainment center against the wall parallel to the loveseat, unless this wall is also curved. In that case, have a professional mount the television or install a custom shelf to hold it.
Create a small sitting area before the window, if the living room is large enough. Set two small chairs and a small table in front of the window, creating a relaxing retreat with a large outdoor view.
Install two curved curtain rods along the perimeter of the curved wall. Depending on the curve of the wall, a professional may need to create custom curtain rods.
Hang sheer curtains on the inside rod and heavier curtains on the outside rod. The sheer curtains allow light to enter the room, while the heavier curtains block it out, if needed.
Install Roman or roll-up shades rather than loose curtains, if desired. These types of window treatments fit into bay windows and keep the area from looking overcrowded. Window treatments, which are usually long panels or café-style curtains, are also made specifically for bay windows. Whichever type of treatment you decide to use, choose window fabrics that complement the colors used in the rest of your decorating.
Wall Decor and Accessories
Decorate the walls with items that will conform to the curved shape. Wall decals work well on curved walls because they are malleable and have a sticky backing. Many decal companies allow you to customize decals with a quote. Choose a decal with your favorite quote and position it over the window, following the curve of the wall.
Position a scroll or other type of decorative, winding decal on the wall, outlining the windows, or on another curved wall. Do not use too many decals or the walls may look messy. Use only one or two and place them strategically in the room to act as art.
Set a decorative vase on the table, if you created a small sitting area, and keep it filled with fresh or silk flowers.
Set matching decorative items on either side of the window, such as urns holding indoor plants. Traditional styles of decor make use of symmetry, so choose urns that match in size and structure.
Hang decorative tapestries on the walls. Tapestry art can be used on curved walls because the fabric will conform.
Tips & Warnings
- Whatever accessories you use to bring attention to the windows, reiterate them in the rest of the living room. If you use flowers, choose flowers that reflect colors in the room. For tapestry art, decorate with items that complement the colors. For example, if the tapestry is mainly red, incorporate red throw pillows on the couch.
- "Creating the Peaceful Home: Design Ideas for a Soothing Sanctuary"; Ann Rooney Heuer; 2001
- Andersen Windows: Windowspeak
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