Mirrors are both decorative and functional. The mirrors we use today according to Live Science were first developed by Justus von Liebig in 1835 in Germany. He applied a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass. But mirrors have been around for much longer, when our ancestors tried different techniques to duplicate the reflections they saw of themselves in ponds and lakes.
MODERN LUXURY INTERIORS
Mirrors as used today in luxury home decor can be any shape or size and can be framed in any material or style. With this flexibility combined with their reflective nature, mirrors provide a useful tool for interior designers. Mirrors can add beauty, make the space appear larger, conceal unattractive room features. Mirrors can enhance light, brighten dark areas, and bring life into an otherwise drab room. In other words, mirrors can be problem solvers for home owners and interior designers.
When it comes to catching and reflecting light, nothing does a better job than mirrors. Mirrors have often been used to make public places look larger than they really are. One prominent example is the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France.
MIRRORS ARE INTERIOR DESIGN PROBLEM SOLVERS
For people who live in small spaces or where window light is limited, a single mirror or a grouping of mirrors can be used to creates the illusion of windows and reflect light into the space. In our design work we often use mirrors to bring the outdoors in, whether it is the foliage from an attractive garden area or a magnificent ocean view.
Groupings of mirrors can be effectively used instead of artwork behind a sofa or in a hallway. For a home filled with antiques, mirrors with similar antique style frames, such as gold leaf will be most effective.
TWO MIRRORS CREATE VIEW TO INFINITY
Another technique we frequently use is to position two mirrors opposite each other. The result is what I like to call a view to infinity. In one recent installation we placed two Venetian antiqued smoked mirrors with gold veining on opposite walls behind the seating area. The mirrors reach from floor to ceiling. The corner of each “diamond” has an added nail head that gives added dimension. The beveled edges on each of the squares adds to the glamour and sparkle. The mirrors continuously reflect and enhance the beauty of the interior spaces. Since the two mirrors are exactly opposite each other, when looking into one of the mirrors it is like looking into infinity.