Living Space: Mirrored elements add perfect pick-me-up to any room
By Kathryn Weber
March 8, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 7, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.
Searching for a fast decorating pick-me-up? Look no further than mirrors. Besides its natural reflective qualities, adding mirrored elements into your design can instantly add more light, double the reflection of a beautiful scene, or create a bright, sparkling object to shake a drab design back to life. Whether as furniture, as an accent, or as an accessory, mirrors can brighten up any design.
Not just for walls
Mirrored furniture has taken the reflective glass off the wall and planted it squarely on the floor. Harkening back to the Art Deco days, mirrored furniture is trendy and stylish - and looks good in almost any space.
That's because mirror has a way of both announcing its presence with its shimmer and echoing the space by its reflectiveness, making mirrored furniture stand out and blend it at the same time. If you are looking for a focal point, a mirrored piece with its built-in drama is a natural.
In Asia, square pillars in office buildings are often mirrored on all four sides. Thought to give off harmful energy because of its harsh edges, a plain pillar, once covered by mirroring, effectively disappears. Mirrored furniture acts much the same way. Plus, the sparkling effect adds instant elegance.
Since mirrored furniture makes such a bold statement, it's best confined to a single piece in a room. The exception would be nightstands because they're separated by the bed, they don't compete but complement each other.
Choose quality mirrored pieces, such as those from Pulaski's Accentrics line (Pulaskifurniture.com) or Neiman Marcus' reasonably priced line of mirrored pieces (Neimanmarcus.com), are found in the home section under mirrored furniture.
Mirrored accents add a touch of sparkle to a room. A mirrored tray can be used in the living room as a serving tray on the coffee table or ottoman, or to hold bottles of liquor. In the bathroom, the same tray can hold perfumes and lotions.
Mirrored jewelry armoires, vases and other accents add a shining touch wherever they're placed, as well as a punch of old Hollywood glamour. Opt for one substantial piece to make a standout impression. Pair other shiny objects, like a pair of silver candlesticks or crystal bar glasses, with it to make both items glimmer more.
Adding mirror to the front of an old chest of drawers or placing a leaning mirror in a dark room instantly gives more shine and brightness to the space. Besides adding mirror to a kitchen backsplash or bar, why not try it on a whole wall in a powder bathroom or closet? Adding a wall of mirror where it's unexpected is what makes it interesting.
Instead of adding mirror to the front of a closet door, use it on the backside. Add mirror to the front of a powder room door, or try it in a laundry room to bring in more light and make the room feel larger. Try adding mirror inside cabinet doors, lining a wall niche or inside molding on furniture pieces for a fast shot of glitz.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.