In the 1600’s mirrors were very expensive, one of the most expensive things to own. That made Louis XVI’s Hall of Mirrors in Versailles even MORE of an impressive statement. It is 239.5 feet long and boasts over 357 mirrors. Using mirrors in decorating, in my opinion, is an absolute MUST. They reflect light, open up the space, and can add an elegant touch to every room.
Over the last year I had the pleasure to help my mama re-decorate her house. It was an honor. We spent many hours deciding on an overall vision~ a mix of British Colonial and Country French with a touch of Chinoiserie. She has a LARGE wall, 10 feet in height, in the living room that is anchored by the couch. For ten years, the wall remained empty. After having most of the house repainted with Benjamin Moore’s White Heron, we tackled the blank, empty wall.
My idea was to use a group of large, gold ornate mirrors to fill the space, reflecting the new soft white walls, and therefore serve as a contrast to her newly installed dark, rustic hardwood floors. My mom loves it, and so do I.
[dimensions of wall: ten feet tall; 22 feet long]
- Paint – Benjamin Moore’s White Heron
- Couch is upholstered in khaki and white ticking – a neutral couch was picked as not to compete with the jolt of the mirrors
- Antique oak accent tables topped with gold and white lamp found at Goodwill for $10
- 4 large, gold mirrors; 3 of which were found in consignment stores around Jacksonville [Consignment Barn and ClearingHouse]
- Navy and white accent pillows from C.Wonder
1. Keep things symmetrical~ notice similar accent tables flanking the couch.
2. Balanced grouping~ All of your items do not have to be exactly the same sizes and shape, but they DO NEED to be BALANCED. Use your measuring tape! Keep the vision of the WHOLE ROOM in mind when doing this as well… What is going on the opposing wall? That needs to be considered.
3. I like when mirrors/paintings are anchored (in this case by the couch) and I prefer when the two pieces are close … you don’t want TOO much space between your “anchor” and its counterpart… keep it to 2-6 inches.