Do you ever wish for a quick easy way to make your home lighter, brighter and more open? One of the easiest way to do this is by decorating with mirrors. The reflective quality has the ability to bounce light around your rooms and open up small dark spaces with limited windows.Some mirrors add brilliance through not only their reflective properties, but via their design, as well. Size is certainly a factor in which larger expanses of mirrored glass offer more opportunities to bounce light around the space. At the same time gilded edging adds a certain brightness on its own. This French trumeau mirror is one of my favorite pieces and it’s about 200 years old.In my long narrow library, I added a small flourished mirror to reflect the windowed wall opposite it. The shape of the room is so odd, that it was hard to place the seating so it could face the wall to wall windows. The mirror helps add that view back to the visitor.I love mirrors that are detailed and add a decorative flourish to the room.The most important room to place a mirror is in the entryway of your home, for final glances and touch ups before heading out the door. This one maintains the spirit of the gilded French style I love, but it’s actually a new mirror from Ethan Allen.A close up reveals the lovely embellishments within the design.The powder room mirror is equally as ornate, but is a simple inexpensive option made from lightweight resin.Of course one expects to find a mirror in the powder room, but here it also serves to open up a tiny space.Mirrors can also be used in unexpected places, like backing a small curio cabinet and adding glints of light to the items displayed inside. Extra points to anyone who can identify the horizontal object on the second shelf!In the dining room I keep another French trumeau, but this one is new and is from Ethan Allen as well. It always looks so enchanting when the candles are lit on the table and reflect through the mirror.Over the bar in the family room is another antique mirror. I always try to place my mirrors directly opposite the door, so they function as a focal point when you enter the room.Most of my mirrors are gilded but some are darker than others. I’ve considered adding some lighter hints of gilt to this frame to wake it up a bit.And finally one of my oddest mirror placements is over the guest room bath. There’s a shower in another part of the room so no one really uses the bath and I love the way the mirror dominates the otherwise all white room. Next on my agenda is to find a mirror for over my fireplace mantel in the living room, and to add some more elegant pieces to the kids’ bedrooms that we’re re-doing upstairs. How do you like to use mirrors in your home decor?
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