Mirrors really are magic. No other home accessory has the ability to visually change a space the way a mirror does. Mirrors brighten a dark room, enlarge a small room, and instantly create a focal point in any room large or small.
A circular mirror over a mantel is a classic treatment, and always makes a room feel polished and elegant.
A round mirror doesn’t always need to be the center focal point. Here I used a round mirror to visually open up a tight corner. Instead of a more traditional frame, the faceted mirrored edge helps to keep the space open as well, so I was able to use the largest mirror possible on a short stub of a wall.
Speaking of faceted mirrors, I’m crazy for these dramatic, sculptural works of art by Mathias Kiss. What a truly unique use of this common, yet magical material.
Nothing opens up a space like a wall of mirrors, and I love the idea of antiqued mirror to soften the hard gleam of the mirror. In the trade, we call the loss of the silver backing of a mirror “foxing”, and the the right amount of foxing can vastly increase the value of an antique mirror.
Of course, antiqued mirror is also manufactured new, and can be ordered with as little or as much foxing as you like. Not only did designer, Drew McGukin use mirror in an incredibly clever solution to a truly awkward window and wall situation below, he also used custom antiqued mirror in a very practical way as well. Pro tip - skip the windex and use a “glass wax” product instead to clean your mirrors. It’s streak free, and leaves a coating to protect the shine many times longer than traditional blue ammonia cleaners.
Of course, few things make my heart beat faster than a gorgeous carved and gilt mirror, like this chinoiserie mirror used by Miles Redd. It’s used in a very traditional setting here, but I also love to mix an ornate mirror in with modern pieces- they are perfect counterpoints to one another.
And I’ll close this post with the one room of the house that must always have a mirror, and no matter what, the mirror is also always the focal point, so the more spectacular, the better, and that’s the powder room. This dramatic blue-framed arabesque mirror in a tiny jewel box of a bath is truly magical, no?
For more “Mirror Magic” inspiration, please visit my Mirrors pinterest board.