After settling on the foundational investment pieces mentioned in previous posts (carpets, rugs, sofas, draperies) accessorizing becomes the next priority when creating a home environment that appeals to your personal taste. The accessory that makes the biggest impact when it comes to creating the visual illusion of spaciousness is a mirror. Mirrors can not only make a room look larger but they also, when properly placed, can reflect additional lighting into a room and reflect back beautiful views within and outside of a space.
One of the things I love the most is the beach or any area that has a waterfront view. One of the best uses of mirrors that I’ve ever seen was at a friend’s beach house overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Across from the glass doors that flanked a fireplace was an entirely mirrored wall that provided a view of the bay from anywhere you sat in the living room. The mirror essentially doubled the interior and exterior focal points (the fireplace and view of the bay) of the room. There isn’t a space in a home that can’t be enhanced by a mirror.
This vintage floor length mirror elongates the room.
This traditional Regency desk serves as a vanity.
This mirrored armoire adds a contemporary twist to this space.
This powder room vintage gold leaf mirror is flanked with beautiful sconces.
Vintage gold leaf mirrors work well in both dining rooms and kitchens.
Whether you choose to display a single mirror or gallery wall to display a collection, a mirror is a great accessory that leaves a lasting impact. Many of the mirrors presented above were of the vintage gold leaf variety but you can also find interesting new mirrors such as the one shown above from the Company Store. However if you’re a collector that loves the hunt of searching for something unique why not start a mirror collection to add visual interest to your home.