Louis XIV decorative wall mirror
Louis XIV style  mirror
18th-century Tuscan style carved wood mirror with shell, leaf and floral carving, hand-painted medium brown finish and antiqued gold-leaf trim
Tuscan style mirror
Empire style carved wood decorative mirror with urn and leaf moti
Empire style mirror
Adam style carved wood and wrought iron oval mirror with leaf drops and floral design
Adam style mirror
18th-century Italian style carved wood mirror in gold leaf finish
Italian style mirror
decorative mirrors - beutiful adams style wall mirror hand carved from wood and finished in antiqued gold and silver leaf

Decorating with Mirrors

From a practical point of view, distorted mirrors in your interior is absolutely useless. However, not every designer or decorator would agree with this statement.

Some professionals believe, that by incorporating in a design decorative convex mirrors, or "special effects" mirrors that are made by using deformed sheets of polished metal, you can create a quite unique interiors. After all, the reflection in such mirrors is as unusual and impressive as if it would be a surreal piece of art.

Another decorative trick used by designers and decorators - angling mirrors. When mirrors are situated on an angle toward each other, the reflected image "brakes" into several parts, while reflected objects do not appear distorted. It creates an artistically appealing mosaic effect. This method of decorating with mirrors is widely used in a hotels, restaurants, stores, and some times incorporated into residential interiors.

Another popular method of decorating with mirrors - fragmentation. This method is based on arranging mirrors in certain order near each other. For example, if several long and narrow mirrors are placed near (not against) each other it will not only elongate the appearance of the wall, but also creates a comforting repetition. Reflections in the mirrors will capturer not a continues view of an interior, but fragments of it, creating a unique effect. If the same long mirrors are located in a vertical, but in an horizontal pattern it will make a wall appear wider.

Using this method endless composition can be created. By using different shapes of mirrors dramatic or whimsical effects can be accomplished. Talking about the fragments, some of today's innovative mirrors designs contain several differently shaped mirrors (round, oval, square, or odd shaped) assembled together. This type of mirrors combinations are definitely unconventional, and can have an impacts of a true artistic expressions.

One of our favorite old tricks - shelving with the mirrored back. Dingy, purely lit wall can be brought back to live with mirrored shelving. You can attach mirrors to the back of any shelving unit, and place it against the wall. Than you can decorate the shelves with your favorite crystal accessories, or other home accessories with reflective surface. This method will not only brighten up a space, but add interest to the overall room decor. By placing live plants on the shelves the amount of flowers will be doubled by they're reflection in the mirror, and you can create blooming parodies in your room.

Lack of lighting is a common problem these days. Dark unused corners and nooks often become a challenge to decorate. Long mirrors placed in such places will do the trick of expanding a space and bringing in more light. The combination of wall mirrors with soft lighting (indirect lighting, electrified sconces or candle sconces, candles arrangement) increases this effect.