3 perfect rooms for bay or bow windows

Rooms have personalities of their own, usually dictated by their architecture, size and – of course – decor. It makes sense then that every room would be best matched to a specific style of window. Usually, people tend to think of bigger as being better. The more light you have, the brighter the room is with natural illumination. But not every room is going to benefit from giant picture windows. For instance, a laundry room is probably best served by an awning or glider window. And the odd shapes of foyers don't make for good bay window placement – most homeowners will want to design a custom polygonal window to light that space the best.

But where would a bay window fit? It's tempting to say just about anywhere, but bays and bows aren't like your usual fiberglass replacement windows. These have the habit of becoming the main focal point in any room you place them in. When you're having a bay or bow window installed, be prepared for it to change everything about that space – not just the lighting. The right installation can practically make the view outdoors part of your interior.

Want to know which three rooms in a typical home work best with these two scene-stealing window options? Consider these.

1. The living room
Often the most popular spot for a bay or bow window, the living room benefits from a lot of natural light. Most homeowners put their interior design skills to the test in this space, so it's likely to be decked out in the best furnishings. Natural light can help homeowners and guests better appreciate color complements, layout, all-natural materials and other decor choices. Plus the panoramic vista offers a view that not even the TV can compete with. Why not let Marvin replacement windows in New Jersey help you install the ultimate high-definition distraction – a picture window.

2. The master bedroom
Most homeowners like to pamper themselves with a beautiful bow window in the bedroom. This gives the restful space a gorgeous glimpse of Mother Nature. And being on the second floor isn't an architectural hindrance. As Houzz notes, any bay that doesn't reach the ground is called an oriel window. Oriels are typically supported on brackets, not cantilevers, which give them the appearance of hanging on the house itself. This gives it an architecturally distinct style from the exterior.

Another alternative is to use a second-floor bay or bow window in the guest room to wow friends and family staying overnight.

3. The office
Whether a part-time guest room or not, a home office with bay or bow windows is a stunning interior design option. A desk situated to take in that panoramic view is sure to offer inspiration. Alternatively, one of these windows could offer your home office/library a cozy reading nook, day or night. Curious how to set up the ideal window seat? FreshHome has some great advice and numerous photos for designing and decorating your own.


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