Mirror, Mirror – The Illusion of Enlarging Small Spaces

Versailles Hall of Mirrors
Versailles Hall of Mirrors
I think we can agree that the The Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors  isn’t a “small space” in the least, but it was one of the first architectural projects to feature new technology in mirror making.   Built from 1678–1684, this great hallway incorporates seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors that were created by the Venetian Republic, who, at the time controlled the mirror monopoly.  Mirrors were among the most expensive items sold during the 17th century.  Thanks to Justus von Liebig and his advance in the modern techniques of silver-glass mirror making in 1835, we now have perfected the chemical process of coating a glass surface with metallic silver, which is the most widely known mirror making process used today.  Life and design would be drastically different if it weren’t for the discovery and advances of mirror making, and here are just a few reasons why.
Living Room Mirrors with Window Mullions
Living Room Mirrors with Window Mullions
Mirrors have been installed to each side of the feature fireplace wall in this transitional living room.  The simple addition of applied window mullions create the illusion of a larger and more spacious room.  Lamps and candlesticks are placed on small tables that also complete the lower portion of the side niches.  Another convex fish-eye mirror has been set in front of the fireplace opening to hide unsightly elements and keep this room looking bright and elegant.
 Eclectic Hallway Floor Mirror
Eclectic Hallway Floor Mirror

This eclectic hallway featured in LivingEtc casually displays accents and artwork on the floor and walls.  Because of the polished concrete floors, this home has the perfect museum-like qualities perfect for random collections with unique presentations.  It is very important to note that when leaning floor mirrors in high traffic areas you should always  use safety wall fasteners.

Dining Room Framed Wall Mirror
Dining Room Framed Wall Mirror

This oversized dining room mirror looks to have been custom framed or finished in the same material as the dining table and chair legs.  The color scheme is very subdued, but designer Patricia Gray other touches of detail create interest and balance that so beautifully reflect in the mirror.  As you can see, the mirror allows the cove-lit tray ceiling to double in size, as well as reflect the textured details in the metallic drapery and layered crystal light fixture.

Graham and Green Floor Mirror
Graham and Green Floor Mirror

This unique mirror by Graham and Green is trimmed in an antiqued gold finish.  Placement in the corner by the window scatters the natural light around the room and reflects the light from the floor lamp light in the evenings.

Square-Cut Mirror Panels
Square-Cut Mirror Panels

These square cut mirror panels offer amazing light reflection, but they also seem to give off their own imperfect texture as well.  Because of the visible seams between each panel we can see a somewhat distorted reflection of the room behind us, without loosing the interesting details within the furniture and accessories.

Oversized Bathroom Floor Mirror
Oversized Bathroom Floor Mirror

This oversized ornate bathroom mirror marries the streamline ultra-contemporary bathtub and epoxy floors with the baroque wall paneling.  A match made in (glowing white) bathroom heaven.

Dainty Living Room
Dainty Living Room

This petite living room featured in House and Home strategically positions the floor mirror inbetween the radiator and hallway opening.  This placement allows the mirror to reflect the opposite end of the living room to enhance and expand the soft look and feel of the decor.

Jordan Guide Luxury Interior Designer
Jordan Guide Luxury Interior Designer

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