Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guest Post: Mirror Mirror On The Wall

I am thrilled to introduce Patti Johnson to you as my guest blogger today.
Patti and I got to know each other from the Twitter chat, "#IntDesignerChat", where I find all of her input so inspiring and fabulous that I am often retweeting her tweets during the chat. She is a wealth of knowledge about interior design, the industry and business of design.  She usually take the words right out of my mouth and says it even better than I could!  Patti is an Interior Designer in Ohio and owner of Patti Johnson Interiors.  Patti's motto is "Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places." With such a beautiful portfolio, I would say she is quite successful.  Be sure to look her up!


Here is her insight for today:


Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Or, on the floor…

 Or, on the furniture

The fact is, there are many ways to decorate a space with mirrors, even if you can’t find the wall space.  Most of us know that having a mirror in the room reflects light and gives the illusion of a larger space, so obviously they are great in a small space. Hanging a mirror in a large space is great as well; just make sure the scale is correct for the room or consider hanging a collection of mirrors of different sizes and shapes for a focal point or wall of interest.  Keep in mind what the mirror is reflecting and of course keep it clean.
Mirrors can be a great solution for wall “art” when you cannot find the appropriate piece of art large enough.  I love mirrors of a creative shape, don’t you?

Mirrors can act as a conversation piece…Something that tells a little bit about your personality and the direction of the décor …

Over all, they come in all shapes, sizes and finishes and can look great on top of a mantel, just leaning against the wall.  Guests will appreciate a mirror in your foyer or nearby for that convenient grooming check point. Below, the mirror over the mantel is partially hidden by items staged to create a beautiful vignette, with just a hint of the mirror visible!

Springtime is an excellent time to let your home shine and what better way to do it than by reflecting your personal style with mirrors? Mirror, Mirror on the wall? You be the judge!

Pictures of mirrors courtesy of Horchow.com

6 comments:

sarah said...

What a great guest post! I love all of the photo examples of how you can add a mirror to your room. I should really start incorporating them into my own home, for more light, and the feel of a little extra space!

StarletStarlet said...

This is a fabulous design tips - I really want more mirrors in my home.

Would you recommend having a mirror outdoor too? I think it would be a surprising touch, but I'm a little concern with the sun burning down every thing....any tips?

Rebecca Ward said...

Good questions Starlet! I would recommend the space you put your outdoor mirror be in a location as to avoid direct sunlight shining on it. Don't want to burn your neighbor's eyes out! Best to have it under a roof awning or similar scenario. Also the sun is harsh on many finishes so the frame should be metal or a painted finish. I could see an "antiqued" mirror working well outdoors as the mirror surface is mottled and would be a nice accent without reflecting too much. Convex mirrors could be good too.
I'll ask Patti what she recommends....

Patti Johnson Interiors said...

That's is a great question Starlet! I agree with Rebecca that you need to take great care where you hang it so it doesn't reflect in a driver's eyes or burn up your favorite rose bush! A shady place would be recommended and there are of course mirrored 'gazing balls' and other mirrored objects that you could incorporate into the landscape. Also, try placing a section of trellis over the mirror so that you have moe of a peek-a-boo effect. That would be very interesting!

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise said...

What wonderful tips. I love mirror but never know whether I use them properly in my home so this is great information sharing.

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise said...

What wonderful tips. I love mirror but never know whether I use them properly in my home so this is great information sharing.

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