How many kinds of windows do you know? Some common ones include flat windows, picture windows, bay windows, and bow windows. The latter two project outward at an angle, though bay windows have a deeper angle of 25° to 45° while bow windows are usually shallower at 10°.
Picture windows are just for the view. They don’t open. Bay windows and bow windows have sections that open and sections that stay shut. In a bay window, the non-opening picture window panel is generally in the middle. So let’s check out some bay window ideas.
1. Bricks and Bays
As a regular resident, you probably mix up bay windows and bow windows. Bows have four or more shallow panels while bays have three deeper ones. So this is a true bay window. Its white frame pleasantly contrasts the brick wall, and the flower garden below adds to its ethereal beauty. And its pyramid hip roof elevates the styling of this home. It’s pretty both inside and out.
2. Bay Window Seats
Bay window ideas are defined by the angle and the projection. But the mechanism of the window is flexible. In this example, the central picture window is flanked by transom windows with vertical layouts that swing outwards. At the top of the munchin windows. Pretty arches add visual interest while below the windows, padded window benches and cushions offer comfort.
3. Simplicity is Bae
These bay windows are basic and low-fuss. The glass panes are large and have no munchins. They offer a beautiful view and form a kind of hidden cubby. The window has no designated seating area, but the thick sheers and curtains offer privacy. So you can also drag your favorite chair behind the curtain and get lost in the view with a good book and some music.
4. Modern Bows
When you’re buying, building, or exploring rentals, you may not know the technical terms. So when you refer to a ‘bay window’ it helps to mention the number of panels you have in mind. This ‘bay window’ has five panels, so it’s a five-lite bow window. The wooden trim at the sill matches your baseboards and blends in nicely with the beige backdrop.
5. Kitchen Bay
You may want to set up a section of your kitchen as a cozy dining area. This is just for the family, or for you and your partner since guests eat at the main dining table. In this home, the dining nook is next to the large bay window. Its enlarged dimensions let in maximal daylight and offer a soothing view into the back yard. The effect is simple, clean, and minimalist.
6. Frontal Statements
Your front door says a lot about you. And this grandiose brick home makes a mighty statement. The elaborate door has a bay window on either side, providing awe-inspiring visuals to anyone walking by. And while the windows jut out, the door sinks in at the same angle, creating a miniature covered porch – sometimes described as a portico. Red stone steps tie it all together.
7. Lean-to the Bay
Old-school homes were grand and intimidating. But they were also cold and gloomy with no eat and inadequate lighting. Modern architecture lets us retain Victorian styling on the outside while installing contemporary amenities indoors. This brick house mixes many of those traditional elements include bow windows, an arched portico, and elaborate lean-to roofing.
8. Colored Columns
When you have a row of identical houses, a splash of color can help residents retain their identity. On this street, every house has a bay window, and each one is painted a different hue – yellow, green, red, blue, even gray. The windows have double-hung panels that open or shut by sliding up or down. Some have munchins or little window-lets at the top.
9. Bay Window Sofa
These bay window ideas may be mistaken for bows because if the multiple munchins. But the window only has three panels, and the projection is deep enough to tuck a sofa. In this case, they haven’t placed a ready-made settee. Instead, they’ve constructed a low window seat bench, padded with lush throw cushions and accent pillows. A translucent valance offers some privacy.
10. Brick and Stone
Big windows are bae. There’s also quite expensive. By using munchins, you can cut costs because you use multiple smaller pieces instead of a single large one. This bay window uses lead to separate your window panes. The house walls are a mix of brick and basalt. And the reddish-brown front door beside the elaborate bay windows presents a powerful image to house guests.
11. Bay Room Breakfast
Sometimes, the distinction between bay windows and bow windows is murky. This breakfast nook is almost round and has five panels, so it may be labeled a bow window. But it’s also deep, with double-hung windows at each end and three picture windows in the middle. Whatever you choose to call it, the rich use of wood and gorgeous views make it an ideal breakfast spot.
12. Position Matters
Bay window ideas are intended to light up your space. But this depends on where you install them. In this example, the massive munchin bay window has double-hung panels that almost touch the floor and ceiling. But because it’s on the wrong side of the building, the space remains dim and gloomy. Check your site at different times of day to be sure of the right lighting angles.
13. Two-tone Trim
The trim on your bay windows plays a role in the mood created by those windows. This bay window is set in a wall of multicolored quartzite. The windows are framed in white and cased in gray concrete with a scalloped gray bay roof. The result is attention-grabbing, but it also looks a little disorienting. You could consider painting the trim in yellows and browns for a better fit.
14. Multitextured Monochrome
Playing with colors doesn’t always require a rainbow palette. Sometimes, you can vary visual stimulation even if you’re using a single base color. In this case, let’s work with brown. The tones in the wood panel floor blend nicely with the sienna-colored wall and the frilly valance. The bay windows cover most of the wall, and the white horizontal shutters match the white baseboards.
15. Dining in the Kitchen
The most common location for bay windows is your living room. But if you want a kitchen dining room, a bay window nook is an ideal space for it. Dress up the space with a pendant light fixture. Square or round tables work best because they’re smaller so they can tuck into the bay window projection. This example uses a painted wall, white window frames, and a wooden floor.
16. Cozy Cushioning
On the other hand, if you opt for the more traditional living room bay window ideas, you could turn the area into a window seat. Just below the window level, build a padded trapezoid bench. Valances give the window a soft touch, so use the same fabric for the valance as you use for the bench padding. Install removable pull-out storage drawers below the bench.
17. Colored Doors and Large Windows
If you describe your home as ‘the house with the purple door’, you instantly become cooler. But that purple passion serves passers-by more than it serves you. They get more pleasure from it than you do! On the other hand, your bay window is all yours. You can sit in your pretty nook and watch strangers as they marvel over your purple door. Just be sure your seat is comfy!
18. Best of Japan
Whether your interest is in otaku, bonsai, or tea ceremonies, Japan continues to fascinate us. And you can bring that special flavor to your home, no matter where you love. These bay window ideas use Japanese sliding screens to seal off the bay window projection. Behind the screen, a table is laid out for tea, and you can sip as you watch the swirling snow.
19. Coastal Cantilever
In theory, all bay windows are mini cantilevers. But if you have a beach house or lake house, you can extend your home over the pier using cleverly positioned bay windows. That way, you can sit in your nook and feel like you’re right inside the ocean. This example has a five-lite bow window structure, but it has the depth of bay window construction atop timber floors. Enjoy the view!
20. Grand and Fancy
Many times, your bay window décor is as influential as its shape, style, and location. In this bay window, the three panels have bits of wall between them. The windows are framed in reddish-brown wood and shielded with drop-down pleated blinds. Ornate furniture maintains the sophistication of the space – a Greek vase lampshade, chandelier, and faux snake-skin chairs.
21. Bay Window Gazebo
Gazebos are generally outdoors and have no walls. But if you make the angle of your bay window projection deep enough, you can construct a sort of indoor grotto. Keep the windows large to allow lots of sunshine in, simulating outdoor gazebo lighting. Use arched windows and separate them with slabs of brick wall. And give your pyramid bay roof a high peak to add depth.
22. Bay Window Attic
Your bay window ideas can encompass two stories. If you use a high ceiling and install opposite a staircase or hallway, the glass can stretch over two floors or more. Another alternative is to design an attic space above the windows. In this example, the five-lite bow window touches the ceiling. Above it, horizontal grates are used to ventilate the roof cubby.
23. Odd Alignment
Yes, you want your bay window ideas to maximize the direction, position, and volume of daylight. But you should also think about the surrounding architecture. This bay window flops on a few fronts. It’s a darkened part of the house, so there’s hardly any daylight. And the double-hung window beside it looks awkward and displaced. It’s a pretty bay window though.
24. Red Bay Doors
This row of British townhouses seems pretty Spartan. The red door lights a spark, but the brick-patterned quartzite is a little dull. To mix things up. The bay windows are trimmed with light brown cabro slabs. Their horizontal layout contrasts with the brick layout. And the white window frames make the vertical double-hung windows pop despite the retro Victorian styling.
25. Curvy Lumber Bow
Here we have another hybrid window. It’s deep enough to be defined as a bay. But it has six panels and a rounded silhouette, which is more synonymous with bow. Either way, it’s beautiful. The red wood trim holds the awning windows in place and open up a dense bushy view.
26. Swiss Detail
Beauty is relative, but this bay window is sure to hold your focus. The detail in its surrounding trim keeps you watching the window longer than you think. The exterior wall is a textured burnt sienna tome. The gazebo-like projection is concrete with decorative motifs at the front. The windows have green trim on a gray background. Inside, the window has pleated blinds.
27. Abandoned Alcove
The intrinsic beauty of bay windows can’t be denied. Even in an old run-down house. This set needs to be spruced up with some modern bay window ideas. As is, the tile floor and floral wallpaper need refreshing. The windows can remain as is, though their trim could use a clean coat of paint. The location of the windows is already ideal for lighting purposes.
28. Above and Below
If you have the budget and the space for extravagant bay window ideas, this is one way to go. Bay windows are installed on multiple floors, directly above each other. All the windows are floor-to-ceiling and are set in a background of red brick. And because the front of this house has six bay windows already, their bay roofs are incorporated into the main roof.
29. Colonial Couture
The silhouette in this house harks to previous centuries. But the size and number of windows are purely contemporary. On the upper floor, a bay window sits above the porch, with a curvy bay roof to match. On the ground floor, a larger bay window aims to ‘harvest’ more light using wider window panels. But because the bay window is tucked into the tree line, it doesn’t quite work.
30. Staining Bay
Ordinarily, having a glass door next to bay windows is redundant. But in this case, the upper central panel of the bay window is laid with stained glass. All three panels run from ceiling to floor, mimicking the layout of the door. This is a clever use of neglected household corners.
31. Seaside Cottage
The peeling paint and neglected trim imply this holiday home is abandoned. But the floral seat covers and the teacup on the stool suggests otherwise. And it won’t take much to restore this bay to glory. The smoked glass and wood trim is gorgeous, and the arch above the windows add character. Just repaint the walls as you keep enjoying the breathtaking view.