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Friday, October 11, 2013

Magical Mirrors

By Chirag Sharma
Photography: Courtesy World Wide Web

Magical Mirrors- Use of mirror in Interior design
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For that little extra – visual depth, illusion of space or the sheer joy of an aesthetic add-on, the gleam and splendor of a well-appointed mirror is often the perfect finishing touch in the eclectic enhancement of an interior space.…

The mirror makes a useful accessory, but a lot depends on its placement and garb; its shape and size… in effecting the overall ambience, bearing in mind the surrounding elements of design and décor.

Magical Mirrors- Use of mirror in Interior design
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In conjunction with its position, juxtaposed as a cohesive décor aspect of the space in question, it forms an important design element that can many a time evolve into creating restrained elegance, while interplay of its varied features can alternately make it appear glossy and loud. Also, there is a marked difference, when it is used with a frame than without.
 
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Mirror alcoves, mirrors between long windows, mirror backs of doors, beveled and etched glass mirrors, mirrors juxtaposed with other materials like wood, metal or stone…As options abound in a dramatic play of ideas, here are certain thumb-rules to help you apply mirrors in your décor: 

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  • Position the mirror in a way that does not reflect any unsightly images from the other end of the room in question.When mirroring an entire wall, use a tinted mirror to avoid sharp reflections.
  • A mirror along the length of a room can be subtly broken with a framework crisscrossing the mirror breaking a direct line of vision.
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  • Mirrors can aesthetically enhance the overall ambience through a tabletop, a mirrored walk-in wardrobe, or headboard.
Magical Mirrors- Use of mirror in Interior design
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  • Subtle touches of mirror on furniture or knick-knacks like a small sculptural stand can enhance the simplest décor though a discerning application.
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  • Many a time, a mirrored ceiling or part of a ceiling can form the focal point of a décor with the remainder of the design worked around it.
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  • A large mirror placed to one side of a narrow room or hallway, will add width to the area.When placed over a small piece of furniture, a mirror will reflect and balance a much larger piece on the other side of the room.
  • Mirrors should not be used as substitutes for pictures.
The mirror is versatile, multi-functional, and multi-dimensional, whether large or small irrespective of its functional value. Presentation is the key.


4 comments :

  1. Robin Lechner, ASIDOctober 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    If I were to have a signature element, something I use consistently in every interior design project, that item is a MIRROR. I believe almost every room should have one, if not for reflecting a beautiful view, but for adding reflective light, a sense of space, and sparkle to a room.

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  2. When hanging them we encline them slightly down to reflect the room.. We used them in between windows to catch the other side of the room, we use them above the doors to extend the vertical field of a room and to capture the light. We use them above the fireplace to conceel a flat TV sreen with a two way mirror. We place them in an Entry to check yourself on the way in or out, and we love them in kitchen used as a backsplash to extend the depth of the counters; they are easy to clean. We love them in 2 way mirror application for a shower dorr or enclosure; it add a bit of privacy... We colored them in shades of lavender and pale pink, and we drape gaze on them when we want to improve our reflexion as the signs of age show the imperfections. We like pairs that we place opposite from each others to create infinity with a light source in front of them. Sometime we place them in the ceiling of a canopy bed to spice up the love making, and we love funhouse mirrors and covex ones to capture the Energy like in Feng Shui, or out of your gate pilasters catching the uncoming traffic. Mirror balls are woderful in gardens to catch the light in a dark area, and turning above dance floors in your ball room. We always place dressing mirrors making sure that everything is in place. We love the mirror objects of Line Vautrin, Herve Van Der Straeten, Ingo Maurer light fixtures, the Venitian ones when they are very good and some mirrored furnitures! I like mirror rooms at Versailles and those of Valerian Rybar.

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  3. Grace Hechler - Designer at DG ArchitectsOctober 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I love mirrors too, but I'm not a fan of masking a whole wall in mirrors. That's a bit much for my taste. I really like some of the mirrored items and decorations shown in the photos.

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  4. We love mirrors! I especially like the photos of the mirrored wall and ceiling. Both open the rooms up and add depth. I love that mirrors used well can reflect the outdoor and bring in natural light. I have mirrored a small entry wall before and it made the space feel 4 times larger. I also use mirror on kitchen splashbacks a lot. They are easy to clean and have the added advantage of allowing you to have a conversation with guests while you are cooking.

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