Decorating with Antique Mirrors

Dear Diva Readers,

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An entryway is the ideal place for an antique mirror, preferably a large one so that you can check yourself one last time before you leave the house – it also imbues the home with light, making it feel immediately welcoming.

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Above the mantel is obviously a traditional place to put a mirror and my theory is that this is where you should GO BOLD.  The bigger and the more ornate, the better.  In the evenings, light a slew of candles and watch how the flames flicker in the reflection.   On this cold day in February I’m dreaming of snuggling up next to the fire with the candlelight reflected above.

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While we’re talking about candlelight, try to hang mirrors any place that candles can be reflected across the room, etc.  Think about a long mirror hung horizontally above the sideboard in the dining room. Then you can fill the sideboard with candles that will make your dinner hour sparkle or it can catch the light from the dining table as you entertain.

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If you have a strangely placed electric panel, why not prop a mirror up against the wall in front of it? This can also be a great way to use a mirror if you’re a renter and don’t want to put holes in the walls. Propping a large mirror against a wall creates a sense of depth and space and also makes a room feel casual – in fact in my bedroom at home (which has brick walls) I’ve propped an oversized trumeau.

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Hanging a mirror at the end of a dark hallway or in a closed stairwell will reflect light and give the illusion of a continuation of space. Mirrors make cramped spaces less claustrophobic so anywhere that feels tight, just add a mirror!

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