Vintage Gold Leaf Mirrors

gold leaf French bathroom mirrorFrench mirrors are classic, versatile decorative elements at home in any room.

Decorating advice often given to those furnishing a first home is not to rush and buy just to fill a space.  It’s better to wait, saving to buy better quality pieces adaptable not only to location but style.  Antique gold leaf mirrors fall gracefully into this category.  Aged to perfection, the patina on this wide frame is hard to miss.  The beaded trim along the glass adds another layer of detail.  What a beautiful way to start and end each day.

over sized gold leaf French mirror behind tubThis grand version makes an elegant statement behind an Empire tub.  A mirror this size is ideal to generate an illusion of space.

over sized arched vintage gold mirror used for headboardAnother large variation makes a romantic backdrop in the bedroom.  The distressed mirror allows it to perform well as a headboard.

vintage gold leaf over mantel mirror in foyer with zebra carpet stair runnerThe foyer is an easy choice for an over mantel mirror.  Its gilded frame paired with scattered sisal rugs and the zebra stair runner results in an eclectic look.

vintage gold leaf over mantel mirror in the dining roomA mirror in the dining room will reflect light from a lantern or chandelier and candles.  The slightly curved top of this beauty is surmounted with a carved leaf and floral detail.

antique gold leaf over mantel mirror in the kitchen Lastly, an over mantel mirror actually used (drum roll, please) over a mantel… but in a kitchen.  Not the place one would expect to see a looking glass, yet it doesn’t look out of place.  Another reason to purchase classic, versatile pieces.

Don’t miss designer Annie Brahler’s (her kitchen above) Chocolate Bath featured earlier this week.

(Sources: Heide Claire, Eclectic Revisited, This is Glamorous, Domino via Interior Philosophy, Lonny Mag via Marcus Design Inc, House Beautiful)

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