'Mirrors have come to mean much more than the original 'looking glass.' They are now a part of the decorative scheme of a modern home. By using them, there are no dark, gloomy corners, no drab caverns for halls. There can be a feeling of freedom, light, air, space.'
Quote from designer Dorothy Draper - 1942
History Lesson from Patricia Grey Interior Designer
“Everyone has either seen or heard of the famous Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, built by Louis XIV in 1678. The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors for a total of 357. In the 17th century, mirrors were among the most expensive items to possess, and at the time, the Venetian Republic held the monopoly on the manufacture of mirrors. In order to maintain the integrity of the French philosophy of mercantilism, which required that all items used in the decoration of Versailles be made in France, several workers from Venice were enticed to make mirrors at the Gobelins Factory in France. The expense in manufacture of mirrors has come a long way since those days, and now mirrors have become a staple in every home.”
Add a little twinkle in the kitchen- bounce the light around- give an airy feeling to a small utilitarian space.
Why leave the back splash in shadow- with great under cabinet light you create a truly magical space.
A little windex goes a long way!
Atlanta homes and lifestyles
Antiqued mirror add just the hint of age and mystery this space needs.
Use mirrors to reflect an incredible view- why only enjoy it from on direction?
A teeny tiny bedroom get some needed drama.
Ok seriously – I would kill for this room, beautifully done. For my This Old House clients, Allison and Raveen, we went for a similar effect in their “dressing corridor”.
Emma Jane Pilkington
The silver mirrored pieces and the gilded gold on the mirror marry perfectly in this high drama space.
Huntley & Co.
Bella Italia Restaurant
This is one of those amazingly creative ideas that’s pure brilliance!
Before- dark boring, gray and just sad!
Huntley & Co.
After, albeit closer up- warm, twinkly and sensational!
Mirrored dining rooms however beautiful are a little hard. Diners tend to catch and hold their own reflections without meaning to. If you want to use them in a dining room, keep them well above eye level for diners.
Ok – other than the enormous crush I have for Miles Redd and the fact that I think he is one of the most amazing interior Designers of this time- his bathroom rocks (as does everything I have ever seen him do- a blog post in itself)