Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Discover Perla Lichi’s Enchanting Designs

By Janet Verdeguer

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Mirror as Wall Décor Beveled squares set at an angle reflect a formal dining room. Photo by Shadow

In Greek mythology, Narcissus falls madly in love with his own reflection in a woodland spring. In the popular fairy tale Snow White, it’s a magic mirror that reveals “who is the fairest of them all.”  The reflective or “functional” side of mirrors has long been part of our culture. In fact, mirrors have been used for both their decorative and functional properties in homes and public places from as far back as the 14th century.

They are just as popular in today’s interiors. Extremely flexible, mirrors come in almost any size and shape – round, oval, square, rectangular, wall-to-wall or custom cut – and they can be framed to suit any décor.

With all this built-in flexibility, mirrors also happen to be an extremely helpful “tool” for interior designers who are often challenged with designing spaces with specific problems. Mirrors add beauty, make the space appear larger, conceal unattractive room features, enhance light, brighten dark areas, and bring life into an otherwise drab room.

When it comes to catching and reflecting light in your home, nothing does it better than mirrors. Mirrors have often been used to make public places look bigger, with spectacular examples such as the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France. And these same techniques are frequently applied in residential interiors.

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“Dubai Hi-Rise” A round mirror is framed to match an Arabesque décor. Photo by Shadow

For people who live in apartments or condominiums, window light can be limited. A single mirror or a grouping of mirrors can be used to create the illusion of windows and reflect light into the space. In our design work we often use mirrors to bring the outdoors in, whether it is the foliage from an attractive garden area or a magnificent ocean view.

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Coral Gables Residence. Photo by Barry Grossman By placing the two identical floor-to-ceiling mirrors opposite each other, when looking into one of the mirrors, it is like looking into infinity.

Groupings of mirrors can be effectively used in lieu of artwork behind a sofa or in a hallway. For a home filled with antiques, mirrors with similar antique style frames, such as gold leaf will be most effective. Once popular wall-to-wall mirrors that were often used to make a room seem larger have been replaced with a new trend – a row of long, tall mirrors spaced across the wall.

Another technique we frequently use is to position two mirrors opposite each other. The result is what I like to call a view to “infinity.” In one recent installation we created a breathtaking highlight by placing two Venetian antiqued smoked mirrors with gold veining on opposite walls behind the seating area.

The mirrors reach from floor to ceiling. The corner of each “diamond” design has an added nail head to give added dimension to the mirror. The beveled edges on each of the squares adds to the glamour and sparkle while the mirrors continuously reflect and enhance the beauty of the interior spaces. Since the two mirrors are exactly opposite each other, when looking into one of the mirrors it is like looking into infinity.  I think Narcissus would be pleased.

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7381 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall