We have three stained glass windows in our house. One is embedded in a cabinet in the kitchen, and two of them are in a corner of our bathroom.
They are definitely a unique feature - and I wish I knew their story. But I don't. (It's one of those things I wish I'd asked the sellers about the house - they were the original owners and had the house built to their specs. But I never even thought to ask at the time.)
When we moved in, and up until 3 years ago when we did The Great Bathroom Renovation (because the shower leaked), the bathroom was covered in busy, dark wallpaper and had dark carpet on the floor. I would notice the stained glass windows, but not much -- because the room was so dark and rather like a cave.
Something totally unexpected happened, though, after our renovation. We replaced the carpet with a light, neutral color and removed that dark wallpaper, substituting a soft neutral shade on the walls. We also replaced an old and unused jacuzzi tub with a "fitness corner" that includes my meditation spot. So, the bathroom was suddenly light, open, and . . . sparkly!
Because in the morning, when the sun is shining, my stained glass windows do these three things:
1 - They reflect the bright colors of the windows on the floor (which move across the room as the position of the sun changes through the morning).
2 - They create dancing rainbows on the carpet (because those small circles in the window are prisms).
3 - They create a moving lightshow on the walls.
I love walking into the bathroom on sunny mornings. It never gets old.
And to think . . . we lived with this for 12 years before discovering it! The dark wallpaper and carpet completely hid the beauty and magic of those windows. We only discovered it when we lightened up the room in the Great Bathroom Renovation.
I call it . . . the Sparkle Bonus!
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