The glass mirror or “looking glass” has been around since the first millennium. Before then, one had to gaze into a polished brass surface or into a pool of still water to see his or her reflection. Mirrors and reflective items have played an integral part in several historical legends and myths. We can imagine that old Narcissus would have an even harder time tearing himself away from his reflection if he were looking at himself in one of our beautiful mirrors, framed with gold leaf!
The classic elegance of gold leaf decorative mirrors is like no other. It lends a sense of timelessness; the hint of a bygone era where opulence seemed to be everywhere. Adding the grace and beauty of these tastefully crafted mirrors is easy, no matter the decor of your home.
Despite the tragic fate of Narcissus, we live our lives just fine with mirrors all around us, thank you very much. Mirrors are not only tools to use for applying makeup, styling hair, or shaving faces, but provide decoration as well as function. Mirrors also have the ability to reflect and multiply the light in a room, increasing ambient light without adding another light source. They also add the illusion of extra space, which is at a premium in apartments and condominiums.
Our gold leaf mirrors can be used as a focal point or an accent anywhere in your home. In the entryway, many people place mirrors just inside the doorway to provide a place to check makeup and hair before heading out, but also to create the illusion of space in narrow or small entryways. Place a mirror above a hall table, and you have an instant grouping.
Living rooms get a touch of sophistication by elegant gold leaf decorative mirrors. A large mirror is perfect for placing above a settee, sofa, or over your fireplace mantel.
Beautifully detailed and ornate horizontal mirrors add elegance when placed above a large server or sideboard. Add a couple of tapered candles, and the light from the flame is reflected back into the room.
Bathrooms and vanities get a large dose of opulence with the addition of a mirror of a simple design when it’s framed in gold leaf.
The boudoir is the perfect place for an ornate cheval mirror. If you don’t have the room for one, a lovely oval mirror over the dresser makes the room seem more intimate and personal.
Other rooms, such as guest bedrooms, the library, media room or the basement recreation room take on a completely different feeling when you add a group of gold leaf decorative mirrors to one of the walls.
The nice thing about golf leaf decorative mirrors from Italy is that they can add a level of sophistication and romance – not to mention, striking design – to something that you will look at every day.