Large picture windows can be the defining feature of a room. It's important to choose a window treatment that complements the large window while still being able to provide privacy or room darkening capabilities when needed.
1. Choose Large Slats
Mini-blinds are really ideal for a large picture window. The slats are so small that they look disproportionate to the window itself. Instead, opt for larger slats, preferably between one and two inches wide. Larger slats also means fewer slats, which makes the blinds easier to dust and maintain. Further fewer slats won't overwhelm the window in the same way as a lot of narrow slats.
2. Avoid Center Sagging
One problem with blinds installed over large windows is that the center can sag under its own weight. One option is to avoid the common horizontal blinds and instead opt for vertical blinds, which hang somewhat like a curtain. If you prefer standard horizontal blinds, look for those that have additional supports along their length so you can avoid sagging.
3. Keep It Neutral
A large picture window is the main focal point of any room, and this is true even when the blinds are closed. Opting for a neutral color means the closed blinds won't overpower the room. Choose a shade that complements rather than matches your wall color to avoid creating a boring blank wall when the blinds are shut. A decorative blinds valance or even a swag can add more visual interest, if desired.
4. Skip the Cords
Cords can detract from the view through your large window. Further, it can be difficult to operate larger blinds with a pull cord, and sometimes multiple cords are required. Wand operation is an improvement, but motorized blinds are ideal for larger window treatments. Some modern motorized blinds can even be integrated with smart home systems.
5. Consider the Weight
Certain blind materials are heavier than others, which becomes a concern when you are covering a large window. Wood slats are the heaviest, so it may be better to opt for lighter-weight vinyl if a real wood look isn't as important. Aluminum and plastic blinds are another option, although these may not be available in larger slats. Fabric and textile blinds are the lightest options, with fabric honeycomb blinds and fabric slat horizontal blinds both working well on larger windows.
Contact a blind installation service—such as McGee Blinds & Awnings—for more help choosing your new window treatments.