We'd originally thought a simple diamond-pane idea would work, with a mix of different types of obscured glass, so it'd still let in light. (Kev thought maybe some clear panels too, to let in more light, but I think that would just bug me, to stare directly at the yellow brick). I was a little worried that it would feel too Tudor / medieval (that's a very old style, the diamond pane), but Pam thinks it looks modern, interestingly. And Gothic Revival was certainly a Victorian era, although I think not quite the same era as my house. Still, there will likely be some medieval-style pieces scattered around the house regardless, especially given my obsession with King Arthur (and kingliness in general). Thankfully, Victorians are very forgiving of eclecticism -- more so than either Prairie or modern styles, I think.
So then a simple diamond-pane, or something a little more complex? I thought possibly it would be nice to have some gothic arches at the top, to echo the idea for the butler's pantry and the piece I built for the dining room, but I'm having a hard time finding a photo that looks like that. Or if they do, the arches are made out of stone, on an old Gothic cathedral. :-) Maybe we should just stick to diamonds, with a simple rectangle border? I'm just not sure. Here are some pics that appealed to me -- what do you think?
- This is a pretty classic diamond pane, with a double border of rectangles. So picture this in non-colored obscure glass, in a variety of types (seedy, water, etc.). (Maybe with a mixed-blues border.) Right now, that's what we're leaning towards.
- Same thing, but clear glass.
- This one doesn't have the diamond pane, but does show the gothic arches at the top.
- This one combines diamond pane with a rounded arch at the top. I like it, but I think you'd have to build the window that way, no?
- A fancier version of the diamond pane, with little square jewels at the interstices.
- Here you see a combination of diamonds and lozenges, both as a design, and built out as a mirror.
- And these are just pretty. But notably more elaborate, which I think might look sort of fussy for this window.