Decorating with mirrors can be tricky — the right size, style and scale of decorative mirrors can really impact an interior. We asked Robyn Pocker to weigh in on several inspiring spaces that use decorative mirrors:
"A wall of various mirrors is a real space opener. The best part is the light it can bring to any space. #1 rule is to be sure something attractive is being reflected in the mirrors (i.e. a well conceived wall and not a messy desk!). The mirrors should have some unifying aspect and that's where you can really get creative."
"The foyer is your personal statement. Make it bold and really set the tone before you guests walk on. The adage that 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression' is in full force in the entryway. The first rule of hanging a mirror is in perfect here. Reflect something pretty. The stairway banister and all the blue and white are filling up the space because the mirror frame is its own statement. And then the reflection, quite a picture."
"Over Mantles, as they are known in England, become part of the architecture of the room itself. Make sure to show your framer images of accessories and objects you'd like to style as well the interior inspiration — the grand scale of these mirrors become such a statement and focal point of any room, so make sure you work closely with your framer to get it just right."
"Bathrooms are a place to have some fun with choosing a frame. Bamboo for an Asian inspired wallcovering is fun. In my powder room I have one that is painted blue and the frets of the bamboo are silver leaf. You can add texture with a faux finish or wood grain. A great mirror choice can really be the final polish and detail for a bathroom. Don't settle in this space, you use it every single day."
"This Spanish style frame is more versatile than you might think... it's a wonderful large scale mirror with drama. It can also work well on small black and white drawings. (It's quite often used on lithographs by Picasso or Braque.) The scale is everything with this style of frame. Drama when you want to make something black and white, more bold and classic on a Braque."
I love this modern take on a trumeau mirror. It incorporates the traditional 18th century French mirrors style which is usually exceptionally traditional. A mirror this size and proportion can't help but bring light to a room. It's the focus (yet in a subtle way) of otherwise leftover space.”