Though no one is certain when the first mirror was created, there is much historical evidence that people have been using various means and materials to reflect their own image since 6000 BC.
Whether is was polished copper or glossy obsidian slab. Glass with gold plating behind it or finally the invention of silvered-glass by German chemist Justus von Liebig the mirror in some form or another is a common item in people’s lives.
Because the mirror is so common it can at times be forgotten when it comes to decorating your space. Sure you might put a nice framed mirror above your bathroom sink but have you considered using mirrors anywhere else?
Despite their alternate name the “looking glass” mirrors serve more purposes than just gazing upon yourself…so if you associate having a lot of mirrors with being vain, then just know it isn’t so.
A mirror’s reflective property, is its best quality. Using mirrors in your decor can increase and move light around your environment as well as open up darker or small spaces helping them feel less cramped. They also create the illusion of an extended space.
Some of our favorite places to use mirrored items are as follows…but not limited too…
Any large wall, even if it is up high can use a large mirror. This will create interest and dimension by reflecting your surrounding environment, making a once bare wall alive with energy.
Mirrors can be used instead of art when your room is poorly lit, or you haven’t found that right masterpiece for your wall.
You can hang mirrors behind your nightstand to reflect more light or even use mirrored night tables. This works especially well in a tiny bedroom when it feels like wall to wall furniture is just too crowded.
There are great case goods with mirrored doors such as buffets, armories, cocktail tables, dressers…the list goes on and on. Just beware of over kill.
Think of these as stand alone focal points…Do not match your mirrored side tables to your dressers. Mirrored furniture should be used as accent pieces not as a part of matching sets.
There has been a resurgence of mirrored furniture in the past few years that was predicted to be quite in vogue in 2012. While this trend may seem new to most consumers we designers have seen it coming for a while.
Mirrored furniture really hails back to the Hollywood Regency Style of the 1930’s. This style was all about decadence and romance, so it has been dominantly associated with glitz and glamor.
Which might put a little lump in some folks throats…there are so many styles and options when it comes to using mirrors. Don’t get concerned that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will be dancing through your living room, because there are styles for everyone’s tastes ( you can see our Pinterest board for more examples).
For the benefits of this reflective effect, you can use anything from highly polished metals, mercury glass to old antique mirrors.
We have included some sparkling examples for you in the form of a slideshow to give you a feel for the many options available. Most of them are from Z Gallerie, which we find has some of the best priced options and variety’s in this category, plus you can find them locally at the Gateway Mall in Downtown Salt Lake and a soon to be, New Location at Fashion Place Mall in Murray.
We are confident that you can find some pieces here that reflect your personal style…pun intended.