Antique Mirrors on the Wall,
Make your Home Fairest of All…
Antique mirrors have ageless beauty, mystique and charm. Wherever they are placed, these qualities radiate and transform the space.
Antique Mirrors add the finishing touch when it comes to decorating a home. Even an antique mirror on your dressing table completes the overall look of the bedroom. An antique mirror placed strategically on a wall in a room creates an illusion of additional space by reflecting the light, be it natural or artificial. An antique wall mirror can also be used as a piece of artwork on the wall especially if the frame has especially beautiful carving.
Antique Mirrors originally were small and hand held pieces of highly polished metal and were followed by larger and full length mirrors in the 1st century AD. In the 16th century ornate mirrors with heavy carvings and scrollwork or decorative metalwork were created. The mirrors themselves were made from a piece of glass backed with tin and mercury. This craft started in Venice and spread throughout Europe and by the end of the 17th century both mirrors and their frames started appearing in silver, ebony, tortoiseshell and ivory. Some frames were also decorated with needlework and beads. Carved frames were common in mirrors for mantels and table mirrors with replaceable frames.
Select antique mirrors depending on
Once you find some antique mirrors you like to take printout or a photo of them and try them at the places you want them to be.
Remember to avoid
- Wavy and grayish looking antique wall mirrors
- Thin antique wall mirrors as they do not reflect well
- Antique wall mirrors that reduce the size of the reflection
In genuine antique mirrors make objects appear closer than they actually are.
Vantage points for antique mirrors so they reflect interesting subjects:
- Entry hall where you want to see your own reflection
- Opposite a window to reflect a view
- On a mantel to create a strong focal point
- Above a hall console or table in a corner to lighten a dark area
Selecting framed antique wall mirrors
- Framed antique wall mirrors should complement the shape of other furniture in the room, traditional or contemporary
- Ethnic, whimsical antique wall mirrors are good in non-traditional settings
- The finish on the frame of antique wall mirrors should blend with the furniture in the room, be it traditional wood, gilded, or distressed paint
- Make sure the frame of the mirror contrasts with the color of the all so it will stand out
- When an antique wall mirror is placed over furniture, it should relate to the furniture below it in value and color
- Create contrast and eclecticism with the furniture in the room
Frame material of antique wall mirrors: There are many options including finished wood (stained or painted), metal, bamboo, and stained glass.
Design of the antique wall mirrors: many styles to choose from with Louis XIV style probably being the most ornate to Louis Philippe style which is unadorned with very little carving.
The size of the frame of antique mirrors should
- Complement to the size of the furniture in the room
- Be grouped with some other paintings or scones if they are very narrow
- Be hung vertically over a chest or console if they are longer than the piece of furniture
- Be hung alone, without furniture beneath them if they are large vertical mirrors
- Be grouped with framed art, porcelain plates, or figurines if they are medium sized and placed above a dresser, chest, or table
- Be grouped if they are a collection of tiny mirrors with inventive frames
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Article Author: Meshaal McLean