Here's Looking at You, TwiggyFor centuries magicians have been using mirrors to amaze and wow their audiences. So why not do the same thing in your own home? Whether you want to jazz up an area, bring light into a dark corner or make a small room look larger, it can all be done with mirrors and stylish sleights of hand. We’ve picked some of the best of the new crop of mirrors out there, but first: some tips on how to decorate with mirrors.
- Do a reflection check. Mirrors are great almost anywhere — except if they reflect a not-so-pretty sight, such as your overflowing garbage can or laundry basket. Make sure you’re placing your mirrors where they work for you, not against you.
- Don’t hang your mirror too high. Like artwork, mirrors should be hung at eye level — unless you’re covering an entire wall with mirrors, in which case go crazy.
- You don’t have to be matchy-matchy. Really. The bathroom mirror does not have to match your cabinetry. The mirror in the foyer can be a different style from its adjacent chair. Use the addition of the mirror as another way to say something about your personal style or add an eclectic design element, fresh shape or interesting color.
- Think of novel ways that you can add reflection to your home. Try mirrored glazing balls in the garden or as part of a vignette on a coffee table. Mirrored furniture is all the rage right now; you can buy it old, buy it new or make your own.
- According to designer Rosemary Sadez Friedman, a bronze tint on a mirror makes you look younger and healthier. Now that is worth looking into!
Wendell Storm was onto something when he designed this pop-art mirror screenprinted with the image of Twiggy. After all, who wouldn’t want to gaze into a mirror and see the face of a supermodel staring back?
Beautiful in BaliWhen you make a purchase from Novica.com, you not only get a beautiful handicraft (this one called Floral Radiance), you also help support an independent artist in another part of the world. This striking mirror with doors was carved in mahogany.
Simplicity in a CircleSay it with a circle, in this case a simple round mirror with a slice of stainless around the edge. This mirror is both modern and appealing.
Steel YourselfIf Superman designed a mirror, this would be it. Made from a sheet of steel, the sleek frame gracefully curves at the edges as if hand-shaped by a caped superhero. A cleverly hidden panel gives the illusion that the mirror floats off the frame.
Terrific Tin and TileYou don’t need to take a trip to have a classic handicraft from Mexico. La Fuente Imports carries a wide selection of marvelous tin and tile mirrors that perfectly reflect the artistry and spirit of the country.
French Salon StyleWith ornate details and a distressed finished, this fabulous floor mirror works beautifully in both formal and informal areas. We love the idea of using more than one to spruce up a space.
Hey, Hay!Some people think hay and straw are for horses. The folks at La-Z-Boy think hay and straw are for mirrors. Looking at this lovely creation, we think they might be right. From that wacky design Todd Oldham, of course.
Beveled and EdgyWe absolutely adore this gem. The little beveled mirrors sparkle like diamond baguettes around a perfectly-cut center stone.
A Bright IdeaThe shapes may be simple, but the vibrant hues make these mirrors anything but boring. We think they’re the perfect accent for walls that need a little shot of color.
Not Just for Shabby ChicIf you’ve overlooked these types of mirrors because shabby chic just isn’t your thing, you might want to take another gander. Their neutral tones and quiet patterns actually complement a variety of styles. Check AccentArchitecturals.com for a gorgeous selection of salvaged tin mirrors in an assortment of colors and sizes, some as chicly cheap as $50.
Riot of ReflectionsWe love how the "frame" of this Crate & Barrel’s Dubois mirror is just as reflective as the mirror. At this low price, you can spring for more than one.
Handtooled BeautyExpertly handtooled leather makes this Peruvian mirror look like an artifact. It isn’t ancient, but the craftsmanship certainly gives it the quality of a true treasure. Even better, this faux artifact is affordable. Visit Novica.com to find out more about this mirror designed by Fidel Barrientos Bustos and view hundreds of other fabulous finds from around the world.
Eight-Sided WonderHere’s fancy schmancy at a cheap chic price: an octagonal mirror of ivory Tiffany glass accented with diamond filigree hardware in a black patina finish.
Good Enough for CleopatraThis gold and mahogany aptly named Cleopatra mirror is full of old-world charm for a the modern-day bargain price of $249.99.
Va-va-voom!Isn’t it wonderful how a little color can make a big difference? Hang this red leather mirror anywhere and va-va-voom! It’s like adding lipstick to a room.
Michele DeMiranda is a writer living in Dallas, Texas.