Decorative mirrors: the reflection of the design that decorates the home

For many it is only a necessary tool in the bathroom, but the decorative mirrors they can bring an aesthetic change to the rooms of the house. In most cases they are hung on walls and therefore alternatives to a painting. But how these can bring a touch of color and also add light to the room.

In the past, the decorative aspect was exclusively expressed by cornice, today instead we find in the color of the surfaces and also in the shapes outside the box, new elements that combine to enrich the atmosphere of an environment with personality. And one of the clearest examples in this sense comes to us from a historical piece that combines light, shapes and the floor format in its design: the mirror Ultrafragola of Ettore Sottsass.

Ultrafragola mirror by Ettore Sottsass – Photo Gabriel & Guillaume

Decorative wall mirrors

Those to hang on the walls they are certainly the most widespread type among decorative mirrors. The spaces chosen for this type of position are different and in general they are very popular in the small sizes and in the furnishing of the studios, because they help to give a feeling of enlarged space.

We can find them in the living room above the sofa or paired with another element such as the console, or where it exists, on the camino. Very useful in the walls between two doors or two windows, with this arrangement they restore airiness to the environment. Or they can be hung at the bottom of a corridor or an internal staircase for a telescope effect.

The mirror as a modern decoration

Design has always confronted itself with form e materials that update the aesthetics of decorative mirrors. A popular idea in this sense is that of the finishes they allow to have colored surfaces or decline with metallic tones like copper. Even with combinations of different shades.

From the point of view of the forms then the classic circular and rectangular designs are overcome to meet irregular solutions or other geometries, such as the hexagonal one. Another declination is the one that breaks the plane parallel to the wall to propose convex surfaces or with different and divergent inclinations.

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Rondo mirror by Oskar Zieta – Photo Rafal Lipski

Decorative mirrors: large and small formats

Another factor to consider when choosing decorative mirrors is the size. When you have to look for harmony with another piece of furniture, such as a high sideboard or a sofa, the size will generally be standard to find the right proportion in the combination.

But if the installation is free, or the ceilings are high, you can bet on extra large size for a high-impact scenic effect. It is generally easier to do this with floor mirrors, but they can also be imagined wall installations which involve the use of the mirror like coating.

Then they should not be forgotten i small formats decorative mirrors that can easily fit on decorative compositions between the wall frames or a collection of objects on a console table. They can then be used to find a place in confined spaces such as some kitchen walls or bookshelves.

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Roue de Clement designed by Pascal Michalon – Photo Henri Del Olmo

Beyond the decorative mirrors

The charm of the reflections between the walls of the house can also go beyond the more traditional forms. For example, all the furnishings that can be covered with a mirror should be kept in mind. Console, display cabinets and also the bottom of the shelves they gain light when coated with mirrored surfaces.

The context in which a mirror is inserted should not be overlooked: the most bare and simple shapes can gain a decorative value if superimposed on the patterns of a wallpaper or framed by a color background. Or you can simply search for particular effects with the infinite effect of two mirrors facing each other.

opening mirror by Gio Ponti – Photo Francis Amiand


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Source: Living by

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