Through the Looking Glass...

05
AUG2016

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Through the Looking Glass...
Houzz

Mirrors are invaluable, there are simply endless ways to use them. Virtually every room in the house will benefit from a well-chosen mirror. They can add a surprise element and, well placed, truly open up an unexpected world.

As mirrored glass is reflective it’s particularly useful in small or narrow spaces. We can’t always change the dimensions of a room, but we can influence how small or dark it feels. Adding a large mirror into a confined area effectively doubles the sense of light and space, adding depth and tricking the eye. We sometimes use tinted or antiqued glass so the reflection is muted and subtle, it depends on the setting.

A well-placed mirror produces intrigue and interest in a large space. The randomly sized sections of antiqued mirror glass bring a welcome relief to the repeating patterns of beamed walls in the huge barn conversion above.  

In a narrow hall large mirror has the effect of widening the space and producing a changing landscape of reflected images as you pass through the room. This effect also works if you use a series of smaller mirrors of different shapes and sizes. It adds extra interest and will reflect both natural and artificial light. However, think carefully about what you might reflect, as a poorly placed mirror can produce unfortunate results.

Mirrored glass is a fantastic way of reflecting images of artwork. This works exceptionally well in a sitting or dining room where one tends to sit and contemplate a selected piece, either directly or as a reflection. It means interesting pieces can be tucked around a room in otherwise inaccessible places.

In some cases the mirror can be a work of art in and of itself. An ornate or texturally interesting frame will become the centre of attention with the reflective glass almost a secondary feature. The beauty of the stunning Orbis mirror is in the frame!

We often source beautiful antique mirrors for our clients, with exquisitely elaborate silvered or gilded frames. But there are also some excellent reproduction mirrors in Florentine or Chippendale style, available in a variety of natural wood or gilded finishes.

Equally, a fabulous contemporary mirror will make a statement. Porta Romana’s delightful shell mirror is a work of art, and we love the fringed frames of the Peggy and Coco mirrors from Knowles et Christou and Ochre, respectively. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new. An antique mirror can look stunning in a modern house and vice versa.

Some pieces are timeless and work well in almost any setting. For instance, we love huge vintage convex mirrors, they are so versatile with their rusty metal frames and distorted reflections. Likewise, a large venetian mirror is enormously diverse in its applications to different spaces and schemes.

Here are some illustrations and a few of our current favourites:

Double the illusion of space with mirrored wardrobe doors

Double the illusion of space with huge mirrored wardrobe doors

A large mirror in a narrow hall

A large mirror will add depth and interest to a narrow hall

Antique pressed brass mirror

The intricate detail of a pressed brass mirror

Vintage industrial convex mirror

Vintage industrial convex mirror

Chippendale mirror

Chippendale mirror - Looking Glass of Bath

Peggy mirror - Knowles et Christou

Peggy mirror - Knowles et Christou

Antique rococo mirror

Antique rococo mirror - small but impressive

Coco mirror - Ochre

Coco mirror - Ochre

Rope mirror - Julian Chichester

Vellum Rope mirror - Julian Chichester

Convex mirror with Eagle

Convex mirror with Eagle 

Palazzo mirror - Julian Chichester

Palazzo mirror - Julian Chichester

Sandos mirror - William Yeoward

Sandos mirror - William Yeoward

Shell mirror - Porta Romana

Shell mirror - Porta Romana