Mirror, mirror on the wall...except they don’t always hang on the wall. Mirrors have increased in size, so they often are too heavy to hang — they lean against the wall, or are embedded into the wall for maximum support. They have reached such large proportions that they have become the focal point in a room. And why not? They bounce light from windows back into the room, they visually enlarge the space and they reflect you and your great taste.
The newest mirrors have the look of windows with reflective glass. They are framed with window surrounds, or the frames surround multiple panes of glass. The window effect is quite space-enhancing. Pair the glass with architectural framing, as Restoration Hardware does with its very imposing 18th-century French ceiling brackets, and the result is stunning.
The large frames that encircle many mirrors are as much about the frames as they are the reflectivity. The Horchow catalog has a mirror surrounded by what appears to be porcupine quills; the hand-painted wood quills aren’t real, but they do add significantly to the weight of the piece. One of the major concerns with all of these mirrors is weight, and often it is advisable to have professional help installing them.
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The Glam Mirror from Neiman Marcus weighs 254 pounds, and it needs to be inset into the wall — and that definitely requires professional installation. But it is so pretty — and look, it opens to reveal an enormous, shallow jewelry box behind the door, making it decorative and functional.
The multi-reflective surface of Wisteria’s Peacock mirror, the sunflower petals of the mirror by Michael Aram, and MacKenzie-Childs’ signature checkerboard-framed mirrors are all lovely and would complement a variety of decorating themes.
Standing mirrors, the ones that suggest no children or large pets live at home because they merely rest against the wall, have been around for a while. But Neiman Marcus’ hide-framed one, with hand-applied silver leaf, looks so wonderful, it’s not too late to embrace that trend.