Mirror Mirror Who’s the Savviest of Them All
Mirrors: futile objects used for vain self observation and self absorption… They don’t always have the best reputation, especially with the opposite sex. Even though they can be overrated, there are a few places in a house where one absolutely should have mirrors.
For example, in the entrance people expect to be able to take a quick glance at themselves when entering your house to fix their windblown hair. A quick glance before heading out in the morning is not a bad idea either!
Mirrors should also be behind every bathroom and powder room sinks.
People women use bathroom breaks as opportunities to fix their makeup or hair or to make sure they have nothing in their teeth.. A lack of mirror in a bathroom simply makes our life harder.
In the same line of thought, full length mirrors should be in all bedrooms, especially guest rooms, or at least guest bathrooms. I have stood on bathtub edges in high heels enough times to know that a full length mirror is most welcome in guest bedrooms or guest bathrooms. I’m lucky I’m young and have good balance.
Beyond the essentials, here are my top 5 ways to use mirrors in a home.
1. Purely decorative: To use in spaces where one would never ever look at one self. Whether it’s too high or behind something obstructive like a bed or a mantel, the best decorative mirrors are often small and/or beautifully framed. Actually it’s almost more about the frame than the mirror itself.
2. To make a room seem bigger: This is the best use of a mirror one could make. A mirror’s reflective properties can really make a small room seem twice as big if not more. If you’re real estate challenged, a mirrored wall is the best fix and will double the feeling of space and light. It’s a decorator’s best trick.
3. As furniture: If you can’t commit to mirrored walls, a piece of mirrored furniture can go a long way in diffusing light and adding a dash of glam to a room. Desks and dressers are great shapes for a mirror finish and they do work very well in a dressing room.
4. As tiles or splashback: A mirrored splashback works especially well in a small kitchen with a good view. If you still want the reflective properties of glass in a more subtle way, antiqued mirrored subway tiles like the ones from Ann Sacks are also great statement tiles that will give you all the light reflection you need. Larger antiqued mirrored tiles are great in the bathroom and create a feel of luxury.
5. Mirror on mirror: There are endless variations of this. That’s you can install a decorative mirror on a wall mirror just like you can affix artwork or lighting to a mirror. You can even place a mirror in front of a window. The possibilities are truly endless. The effect is most likely always beautiful, layered and unexpected.
See you next week!
Sources: 1. Nuevo Estilo 2. Robert Couturier via Elle Decor 3. François Halard Photography via House & Home 4. Ashley Putman via Lonny 5. Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2010 6. Celerie Kemble 7. Nuevo Estilo 8. Charleston Home Mag 9.Cottages & Gardens 10. Tricia Huntley