Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

I love decorating with mirrors.  They help to bring light into a room and add a bit of elegance as well.  I thought I'd show you some mirrors of my own that I have sprinkled throughout my house.

There are a lot of ways you can make your mirrors more interesting too.  For example, here I've hung a set of two crest shaped mirrors on the wall together.  I love to use them in groups.



I also love to use a large mirror to fill a blank wall.  In this case, I used a leaning mirror.  That's right, this is meant to lean against the wall. 



I really love how much space this mirror fills up without feeling overwhelming. 

Of course, I also like mirrors for their shape and finish on the frame.  This one hangs in my family room.  I bought it just like it is and fell in love with the color and shape.


And, I know most of you have already seen this one repainted by my sister.  My mother in-law gave it to me many years ago.  It was a mirror that she no longer wanted, so I happily took it and am so glad that I did.  Just look at it now!


I love to add symmetry to my mirrors also.  Notice that I hung plates around my mirror.  If your mirror hangs above a table top, you can pair tall matching lamps beside it.  Then you can enjoy the reflection of the light in the mirror. That's what I did in my dining room.


During the holidays, you can hang a wreath on your mirror.  I have a fall wreath on this one now, but may change it at Christmas with an evergreen one.

In my master bedroom, I hung this Trumeau mirror above the chest beside our bed.
I like the style of this mirror very much.  This is a reproduction of an old style mirror that I see in antique stores quite a bit.



Have you ever loved a mirror because of it's unique frame shape, but didn't like the finish so much?  I know that happened to me on this next mirror.  The finish was fine until I hung it in this dark powder room.


So. out came the black paint and I just painted inside the raised areas of the frame and gave it a little more contrast.  Now, it suits the room better. 

So, next time you're out shopping and you see a pretty shaped mirror that has possibilities, bring it home and repaint it to suit your own space.  They are plentiful at thrift stores and antique malls as well as big box stores. 

I love how versatile they are.  They go with any decor and any room.  Just one thing though, don't break one or you know what might happen................just saying!

~ Kelly ~

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32 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Your mirrors are great! I love mirrors too. I have one that is scratched and losing some of it's mirror finish. I am thinking about making the mirror part look even more distressed...another project added to my list of many :-)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

You sure do like mirrors, I never realized that. You have some fine looking ones too, and they look awesome in your home!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

They are all just gorgeous! Kim did a knockout job on your family one, thanks for linking up to the party, Kelly!! xoxo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kelly you sure have some beautiful mirrors!! My favs are the one in your family room and of course the one Kim redid for you, it looks beautiful up against your white walls! Oh and lets not forget the one in your bedroom too! Martina

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I have a ton of mirror around my house as well. You have some gorgeous ones. I love the two small shield mirrors together. The trumeau in your bedroom is very pretty as well as the one Kim just painted for you!

Cozy Little House said...

I'd like some differently shaped mirrors here. Don't know where I'd hang them, but still want them! Yours looks fantastic. You have such a sense of style!
Brenda

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Yes, I love mirrors too. Actually, I love it they come in killer frames. You have some beauties.

Babs said...

Kelly your mirrors are sooo pretty. I love the one Kim did, the one in your powder room and the family room. I need to update mine, which are rather ordinary. Great post. Thanks for the inspiration.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Love mirrors and I love yours~you have a nice collection with the shield style, the trumeau and the pretty one in the powder room. I think it is a great way to accessorize a room~you never get sick of a little sparkle!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Is the one in the family room new? I don't remember that one. I love all your mirrors.

Decorating with Cents said...

All of your mirrors are beautiful, I especially like the wreath hanging on your white mirror. Beautiful contrast.

Shelia said...

Hi Kelly! You have the most beautiful mirrors and you've hung them beautifully! Thank you so much for popping in to see my little Carter.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Sally said...

I love all of your mirrors...beautiful! I found your blog from the At The Picket Fence party. I'm your newest follower. I'd love you to stop by my blog & follow along too!
Thanks,
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

Ivy and Elephants said...

I just love mirrors as well. I can never seem to pass one up, especially the old ornate ones. The crustier, the better for me. Great post. Love the crest shaped ones hug together.
Hugs,
Patti

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Great mirrors and love the one with the wreath, I'll have to remember that when I decorate for Christmas!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Well hi there!!! So happy to "meet" you...your blog is lovely,think we have the same taste!! I wanted to thank you for the sweet note you left me,its notes like yours that keep me blogging! Hope to talk again,all the best,Chrissy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOTS of great mirrors in your home, Kelly!! Love 'em. Love that column I could see, too! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Haven Conner said...

Oh, my. I really like everything you've done. Your wreath on the mirror has enspired me. Thanks!!!!
Haven

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Kelly,

Wow, your mirrors are beautiful, as well as the frames around them.
I like the two little crest ones too!
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,
Christine

Decorating with Cents said...

Kelly, You were awarded The Versatile Blogger Award. You can check out my blog here: http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-was-awarded-versatile-blogger-award.html

Congratulations!

At The Picket Fence said...

You have so many incredible mirrors Kelly and I loved getting to see more of your beautiful home! That bathroom mirror is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday~
Vanessa

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Kelly I love all your mirrors! You have a beautiful collection! My favorite is a tie between the one your sister painted and the one in your bedroom.

xoxo Rachel

bj said...

I love mirrors, too...and I have a leaning mirror in my living room. Love it.
You have some real beauties..:)

MY birthday is in December, too..my mom always made sure it was celebrated during the holidays, too.
In fact, I am a New Year's Eve baby so....EVERYone celebrates MY birthday. lol

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Love all your mirrors, Kelly! I like decorating with them, too. I just don't like catching glimpses of myself in them :)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love all of your mirrors, Kelly!
I love an old trumeau so much when they have an oil painting at the top too.

Kim did such a nice job on your entry mirror! Loving it.

I like to hang mirrors for so many reasons to include.... they reflect light and can brighten a room, they can make a small room look bigger, and my fave reason.... they fill a wall without having to commit to artwork which can be so objective... what I like, my husband may not.... it can get complicated!

:)
Great post.
xox
Alison

CAS said...

Ummm......I really like all your beautiful mirrors & how you've used them in your decor. Very lovely.

We saw a lot of those same scary Halloween costumes here in our neighborhood. We had about 200 trick-or-treaters & only had a half dozen little candies left over -- thank goodness!
:) CAS

Michele Smith said...

Kelly, you have some beautiful mirrors!
Kim did a fantastic job on your mirror too, it looks just beautiful.
Have a great day!
Michele

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kelly, I am a little bit of a mirror addict myself! You have some great ones and I love the mirror Kim painted. The plates around it look wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Pat said...

Gorgeous mirrors all, Kelly!

SHERRY HART said...

I guess next to my pillow addiction, I have a thing for mirrors also! They really add some light to a room....you certainly have some pretty ones.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Great mirrors. My favorites are the one Kim painted and the big one leaning on your wall. I have to say too that your floors are incredible!

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