Residential Color and Style from a Certified True Color Expert.

Are you copping out with a mirror?

A mirror on the wall, used for hundreds of years. Perfect in a dressing room, in a bath, and over your bedroom chest-of-drawers. But, are you using a mirror somewhere else, only because it is not exactly wrong, or because you were afraid of making a decorating mistake with real art?  Mirrors can never compete with real art when color and drama are needed in a room. Did a furious and heartbroken Rhett Butler throw his drink at the mirror? I think not.

7 responses

  1. so many people do that over a fireplace mantel – hang a mirror that reflects the unattractive ceiling fan! i must say i do use a lot of mirrors in my home (but not over the fireplace!) – i like to group ones with interesting frames, and to place them across from the art I love so I can see it twice!

    February 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    • Kristie, mirrors over the mantel, a future post for sure! Yet, it is not about not using mirrors, but using them where they work, as you so well said. Thank you for the comment.

      February 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  2. Well done, Ellen! Will look forward to reading many more posts!

    February 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  3. Robert MacElvain

    Mirror, mirror on the wall,
    why am I not six feet tall?

    For you, my son, I’ll tell you why.
    Gold reflection, a jaundice eye.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

  4. Haha, love it, short and sweet! I have a mirror on my mantle but I have it leaving forward to reflect my yellow sofa because it’s not the first thing I see when I walk into the room.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    • Thank you for the comment, Maria. As you so well put it, sometimes only a reflection is needed or desired, serving as a subsidiary focal point.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

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