Monday, January 26, 2009

Using Mirrors to expand space... in a non-1970's way, Part 2

To follow up on the last post, "Using mirrors to expand space... in a non-1970's way", below are some mirrored products on the market today. As I mentioned last time, mirrors are always a popular product and am important piece of any designer's arsenal. So there are many, many more options available. I hope this will get you thinking creatively about using mirrors in your space, without resorting to the 70's for influence!

Using a collection of leaning mirrors is a great idea. The mirrors below are Villaine Floor Mirrors from Ballard Designs. (note: floor mirrors, both leaning and those on a base, should be secured to the wall for safety, especially when children are in the home!)

Also from Ballard Designs, Mirrored Stars are a break from tradition. You get the light-bouncing benefit of mirrors combined with a great artistic design.

I love the idea of adding a mirrored frame around artwork. It's the best of both worlds. The collection below is the Watercolor Botanical Paintings from Wisteria.
A similar effect can be found in the Heron Mirrored Giclee Prints, also from Ballard Designs.
There is no rule that the mirrors must be mounted on the wall. You can easily incorporate mirrors into other decorative items to get the light-bouncing and brightening benefits. Several retailers and showrooms offer mirrored furniture of various styles. This is one of my favorites from West Elm, the Faceted Mirror Side Table.

Also from West Elm, a great storage solution and mirror in one. The Mirror Cabinet could be great for a bathroom, bedroom, dorm room...

Not quite enough to lighten and brighten the whole room, but these candle holders are another great example of creative mirror use. Star Candle Holders from Ballard Designs.

I don't shun everything with a 1970's vibe, just the walls of gold flecked mirrored tiles. So if your tastes tend toward the retro, this mirror is for you. The Raindrop Mirror from Pottery Barn.

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