What is the difference between bay and bow windows?

Both bay and bow windows are architectural embellishments that are used to enhance the look of a room, allow more light in and sometimes, create a cozy sitting space. A bay window is generally 3 sided and is a combination of 3 windows. The central one usually runs parallel to the inside wall and the other two jut outwards to meet the central window at an angle. This creates or removes extra space in a room depending upon how it is designed. The combination and length of the windows create an uninterrupted view and hence the term “bay” window. Bow windows are basically a variation of bay windows with curved rather than straight edges. They create a more rounded effect and are a delightful addition to any room.