Octagon Window with Trumpet Vine
Trumpet vines help to highlight this unusual window and create interest without overwelming a small powder room.
For the Berks County Parade of Homes, I was commissioned to design
an accent painting for a powder room. We had to keep it fairly neutral,
as there was not yet a buyer for the house, and it had to appeal to
most tastes. I was thrilled to see the distinctive octagon window, and
knew that that had to be the focal point of my decorative painting.
Blue trumpet vines and burgundy berries seemed to have a universal
appeal. I like to continue the painting design onto the wood trim
whenever possible, to highlight the 3-dimensional quality. The trim had
a very high gloss finish, so I had to use a shine-remover, also called
a deglosser (liquid sandpaper would be one) to take the shiny and
surface down to a flat finish before painting on it, so my paints would
adhere. After the paint dried, I painted over it with a clear high
gloss acrylic sealer only on the wood trim, so it would match the rest
of the trim. I could also
have used a polyurethane sealer for this. The wall area of the painting
was sealed with a flat finish acrylic sealer, since the rest of the
walls were a flat finish. Not all paintings require sealer, but it is
bathrooms, kitchens, and any place that gets a lot of condensation,
splashing, or may be touched a great deal. In a small space like a
powder room, both are inevitable.