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Horizontal Mirrors

tuscan horizontal mirror
Tuscan horizontal mirror
Louis XV horizontal mirror for over-mantel
Louis XV horizontal mirror
Neapolitan horizontal mirror
Neapolitan horizontal mirror
Louis XV horizontal mirror
Louis XV horizontal mirror
Adam style horizontal mirror
Adam horizontal mirror
Chippendale horizontal mirror
Chippendale horizontal mirror
 
horizontal mirrors - gorgeous hand -carved mirror in gold leaf finish over an inlaid bombay chast with cast brass accenta

Open Up Your Room with Horizontal Mirrors

The inclusion of mirrors in home decor has expanded dramatically from the traditional uses in bathrooms and as over-mantle mirrors. To be sure, these are still perfect locations for horizontal mirrors, but the sky's the limit when it comes to using these decorative yet functional pieces to reflect your home's beauty and style.

You'll often find overmantle mirrors serving to anchor the decor of a living or family room, since the sheer size of these horizontal mirrors makes a dramatic impact. Add to this the mirror's decorative frame, and it's no wonder that a horizontal mirror becomes the perfect artistic focal point over a fireplace. While many homeowners choose to grace the wall above their fireplace with the elegance of a large mirror, there are a wealth of other excellent uses for these pieces, as well.

In fact, you can use horizontal mirrors in just about any space where you have wall space and want to add light and a sense of open space. Since mirrors have a natural reflective surface, you'll find that they double the amount of light in the area where they hang, and they also transform a solid wall into the illusion of open space. Positioning horizontal mirrors opposite windows with scenic views, for example, serves to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside and makes the room look as if there are two openings to the out-of-doors.

You'll also find that the reflective quality of horizontal mirrors can be put to good use in other ways. For example, if you have a horizontal mirror above a buffet or a dresser, the back side of anything placed in front of the mirror is readily visible. Picture a sparkling cut-crystal vase of flowers, or perhaps a beautiful piece of Native American pottery; how much more interesting are these objects when you can see them from all angles?

Horizontal and overmantle mirrors can be strategically placed to help to improve the lighting in interior spaces, as well. From a simple candle to more ornate table or floor lamps, a source of light placed in front of a mirror is doubled, effectively bringing more light into an otherwise dark area.

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over-mantel mirrors

about over-mantel mirrors
The first place we think of placing a mirrors is over the fireplace. For this page we have selected mirrors that will create a perfect over-mantel. In the late 18th century the invention of over-mantel mirrors lunched a major trend in the decoration of private mansions in Europe. Fireplace mantels were lowered and large horizontal mirrors, often in elaborate gold frames, were mounted above them. The facts are confirm to us by the large mirrors over fireplace mantels at the end of 17th century, but over-mantel mirrors became especially widespread during the Regency period. ...read more about over-mantel mirrors >>

 
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