Mirrors are a staple of interior design for both commercial and domestic purposes. Mirrors have been used – for better or worse – in all imaginable styles and adorning all manner of surfaces and furnishings. Since their creation thousands of years ago, different eras brought with them different uses for mirrors, while technological advancements saw mirrors in places we’d never have expected! Here we make tribute to the creativity of humanity as we examine the less usual places to use a mirror for style or function.
On the furniture
Mirrored furniture popped into mainstream usage during the Art Deco era which kicked off in pre-World War I France. Before this, mirrored furniture was exclusively reserved for dressing tables and sideboards with built-in vanity mirrors. Well by the time the roaring 20s were in full-swing, mirrored furniture had established itself on the scene and the shiny, silver reflective surfaces could be found on shelves, drawers, coffee tables, desks, and any other piece of furniture you can imagine. Mirrored furniture is great for adding a neutral addition to your room as it will reflect your lighting and colour scheme without adding any of its own.
On your dinner table
Mirrored table runners are more common at weddings and other events where the organiser or venue has them to watch with an overall décor, but they can be bought for home use too! Mirrored table runners provide an excellent centrepiece for your dining table and will make your feast appear grander by reflecting a copy of your food and drink! Mirrored table runners will also reflect flickering candles or other tabletop light sources for a delightful effect and to maximise your light for meals in darker venues.
On the floors and ceiling
Mirrored floors and ceilings have pretty much always been reserved for majestic, Vegas-style architecture and design. Marble hotels, Trump towers, and gilded casinos are all prime locations for monstrously large halls topped and bottomed with mirrors. These designs are now a little dated to say the least, but mirrored floors and ceilings were all the rage in the 70s, designed to reflect all that glittering gold make the impression of an even larger, grander space.
There are limitless ways to implement mirrors in your interior design, some focused purely on style, others providing useful functions! If you’re looking for the perfect mirror to add to your interior, check out William Wood Mirrors today!