Decorating advice often given to those furnishing a first home is not to rush: don’t 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 and vintage gold leaf mirrors fall gracefully into this category. Aged to perfection, the patina on the wide frame [top] 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.
This grand version makes an elegant statement behind an Empire tub. A mirror this size is ideal to generate an illusion of space.
Another large variation makes a romantic backdrop in the bedroom. The distressed mirror allows it to perform well as a headboard.
The 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.
A 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.
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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