Monday, November 9, 2009

Colored lites

I've been helping my friend Maxine put her new townhouse together which has been a lot of fun!She loves color and since the walls were freshly painted a nice neutral beige I had the problem of where to inject it. She favors a clean, architectural style so colored window treatments were out of the question. I chose some basic interior white wood shutters instead and was inspired by Victorian stained glass.The house is brand new and so new custom windows were out of the question (and budget!), but the mullions in the top pane were perfect to introduce squares of 'art glass'.
We found some professional grade window film online and after some trial and error (apply the films to WET glass!) and some thought as to arranging the 6 different colors here are the results! We're so pleased!These small details really bring the whole house to life! The top 3 images are of the living room while the bottom images are of the master bedroom above. Proof that inspiration from the past can affect our homes today in 'modern' applications.

17 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

wait - this is a NEW house? and you added that to the windows? amazing! I am stunned! this is so great - she must be thrilled!!!!!

columnist said...

I love shutters that close over the lower half of the window, allowing that all important top light to penetrate your room, and afford you the privacy you desire. (Blinds coming from the bottom up also have the same effect.) This concept is particularly important in darker winter days.

Terry said...

That is very nice. We tried some Home Depot window film in a bathroom. Where did you find your "professional grade window film?"

Mrs. Blandings said...

Absolutely terrific. Yes, wet is important. I tried to do this in my bathroom and it was a dog's dinner. Yours is a great success.

My Notting Hill said...

This looks terrific!! Very creative and effective.

home before dark said...

Bravo. Warning: I started reading this before my coffee kicked in and I kept thinking what is he talking about? Those colored windows are amazing. Why would he want to replace them? Well open my eyes! Quite a bit of wonderful. Would have loved to listened in on the endless conversation of what color where. Great job and I think Maxine is lucky to have you for a friend.

Karena said...

Stephan, these windows look great, and just right for the pops of color. Job well done!!

Debra Healy said...

De stijl very Rietveld. looks great.

Toby Worthington said...

It's reminiscent of the coloured glass grids in the windows of the North Drawing Room of No.13 Lincolns Inn~Sir John Soane's house museum. Was that the inspiration by any chance?

VictoriaArt said...

Those windows are so special and have the magic touch!
My grandmother's verandah windows at her house in Dresden had similar glass inserts and as a child I loved to see the garden in different colors.
Please come and visit, I wrote about a wall today...

Semigloss Chic said...

You did that with window film! It looks custom. Your endless talents never cease to amaze me.

Julio said...

I agree with everyone...what a big impact your project made on the windows and room. That was a brilliant idea.

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

These remind me of a Mondrian print. Very cool, and most definitely fun.

Lauren

Lauren said...

WOW i never would have thought this was a new house!! (and i mean that as a compliment) what an awesome idea!!! :)

Pat's Addition said...

This is a great effect.

Errant Aesthete said...

Brilliant idea, beautifully executed. The starkness of the room and the simplicity of the furnishings sets off those panes perfectly.

Thomas said...

excellent idea...i love it!