A very tall zinc-look mirror from Wisteria. If they shipped to Canada, I would own this (heaven knows where I'd put it)!
One of my favorite design elements is the humble looking glass, which is simply that, a piece of mirrored glass. Nothing could be more basic, yet mirror designs and styles are endless. I am even more of a mirror junkie than I am a lamp junkie. I immediately gravitate to mirrors, the more elaborate the better, the larger the better, the more "old world" the better. I would love to have a grand antique mirror, particularly one where the old glass has taken on a weathered silvery patina.
My love of mirrors has nothing to do with vanity. I don't care how I look in them - I love what they do to a room. I love light and space and airiness and mirrors confer that on a room. They expand a space and its light, mightily.
Decorators and designers say that a mirror should only reflect what is already a wonderful view. And I can't help but agree with them. I find that mirrors look best in places where they can reflect the light from a window, or where they are adjacent to a window so that you see "outside" in them...trees, the sky...a doubling of the view.
Below are a small selection of mirror photos I've compiled.
Though I was just chatting with a blogging friend today about the fact that I don't think a room always needs a focal point, I do think a great mirror makes a captivating feature in an otherwise simple bathroom:
There is also the ubiquitous over-mantle mirror, a classic look I never tire of. One may love their art, but a mirror can be just as captivating. And for the budget-conscious decorator...you rarely tire of a mirror like you might a work of art!
This contemporary frame over a character mantle is from Martha Stewart:
And nothing says classic like this traditional mirror (below) from Australian House Beautiful (via Simply Natural):
Another old world charmer from Shoot Factory:
This room, with its rather traditional bones, is by William Hefner (via Things that Inspire...a favorite room of both of ours). It looks crisp and fresh with clean-lined transitional furniture and a modern, nickel mirror over the mantle:
Celebrated NY designer Christopher Maya agrees with the mirror over mantle approach. Even harder than finding great art for this prime spot is finding a mirror this good!:
And you can't help but love an OVERSIZE mirror, leaning casually against a wall. I really covet this gigantic architectural mirror, in Windsor Smith's California house:
And this beauty, in a beautiful country living room from House to Home:
I also love the look of mirrored closets, which one does not see often enough (images from Shoot Factory):
Or how about a mirrored armoire, which isn't something you see every day? It captures both the light, and your attention (image from Shoot Factory). Note also the mirrored panel on the wall, adjacent to the armoire, which doubles the effect!:
I also adore trumeau-style mirrors, which have a carved panel above the mirror:
I snapped this photo (above) of a reproduction trumean in Paris at one of my favorite shops, Blanc D'Ivoire on rue du Bac. Trumeau mirrors look especially nice atop mantles. I am unsure of their origin or original purpose. I wonder if they were used on dressing tables, or in hallways, or perhaps always used over mantles?
Speaking of dressing tables, vanities are a wonderful location for a beautiful mirror (image below from Brissi UK).
Mirrors also look lovely above a headboard, and form a perfect focal point. Typically small mirrors work best (and are safest) over a bed. I like this small but elaborate round mirror from House Beautiful (and would like to see it up close):
Mirrors are also the perfect complement to a console table, in a bedroom, living room, or hallway (images below House to Home and Country Home):
Another favorite image, which I have posted before, shows a classical living room with a note of whimsy in the selection of the modern chandeliers and the mismatched console tables, complete with mismatched mirrors and lamps. The symmetrical arrangement lends a traditional air, but the owner clearly has a devilish streak (image House to Home):
I have many, many more mirror photos on hand, but these are some of my favorites.
Which one(s) do you like best?