In the world of window treatments, the latest style holding strong is stationary side panels. Letting light into a space without covering the window is often the request. In a space that holds its own purpose, why not go novel in window treatment style?
A painting purchased at the time from Rockport artist Jean Byrd, now located in Camden, Maine, has inspired creativity for window treatment design in a laundry room. Her painting of bright, colorful laundry hanging from a clothesline in a backyard surrounded by beach roses was perfect for this client's laundry room. The painting Byrd named "Wash Day" was inspired from her visit to Monhegan Island, Maine, one of Jean's favorite painting locations.
Searching for a whimsical fabric was easy, with the many bright colors the painting has to offer for inspiration. This was the first step in creating something unique and different for this one window in the laundry room. Two contrasting fabrics were found, both from Stark Fabric showroom in Boston. The brightly colored design pattern of lime green, orange, pinks, purple and blues was called Tropical Reef and named Colorfulness. How fitting for this pattern.
The second fabric was called Martinique, also in the color called Colorfulness.
Creating a design for the window was easy. We wanted to incorporate and transfer the clothesline subject from the painting onto the window. By sketching out the window design and keeping the white window shutters on the bottom half of the window, a top treatment was all that would be needed with a vision of using an actual rope clothesline and wooden clothes pins.
The multicolored fabrics would resemble kerchiefs hanging on a clothes line -- a novel and whimsical design that would complement Byrd's Wash Day painting that so beautifully hung on the wall beside the window.
Byrd has the gift of seeing and realizing beauty along the eastern seacoast. Her many coastal travels and island visits have inspired most of her oil paintings. I always say, find an inspiration piece to design a room around. Art is always one of those pieces that inspires creativity in design.
For this one lonely window in the laundry room, new life will be created in the space, not only through Byrd's "Wash Day" painting, but also through the whimsical and novel design of the window treatment.