I had a horrific mirror experience this spring and I’m now finally getting over it. No, no one was hurt, but it could have been a disaster. Now, I find that the mirrors in my home are so much more important to me than I originally thought. Here’s the story.
I arrived home from dropping my son off at school to an empty house. My husband was out of town and it was just me and my three cats for the day. Well, I went straight from the garage to my office and starting puttering away. About an hour later I decided to grab a cup of coffee and that’s when I saw it. First, the combination of the sunlight coming through the sliding glass doors and my movement created an ever-changing flash of sparkles from my family room floor. It was as if hundreds of flash photography was taking place. Well, since that has never happened before, I walked closer to investigate.
As I rounded the corner of my kitchen counter I stopped dead in my tracks as I saw hundreds of pieces of broken glass covering my family room floor. The floor in the room is travertine, so not very forgiving, and it actually took seconds for me to come to terms with what had happened. You can imagine the initial shock, where did this come from? Well, when I finally looked up I saw the glass shelving and mirror above my wet bar had pulled away from the back wall, (I assume from the weight of the glassware, but isn’t that what the glass shelves were for?) and it was suspended, leaning on a 45 degree angle toward me, ready to fall and shatter as well among the completely destroyed mementos of glass from a lifetime of collecting. I was in shock on many levels.
So, to make a long story short, emergency glass people came out and eventually fixed it. I replaced what I could and cried over the rest. But one thing I learned while my mirror was missing and that flat painted wall behind my wet bar starred at me was that the mirror completely changed the feel of my home.
Without it, the wet bar was a dull, dead spot but with the mirror, it reflected the pretty brass fixtures at the sink, I could see my pool and the sunlight and greenery outside my house, I had a sense that my home was so much more than it was because of the “magic” of the mirror.
I began noticing the other mirrors in my home. For instance in both my master bathroom and a guest bathroom, the mirror above the sink extends well beyond the counter going over the commode and butts the tile around the shower, similar to the mirror in this navy blue bathroom. This does wonders for the look of the room as well as giving such a feeling of space.
This long narrow bathroom keeps from being claustrophobic with the addition of a full wall of mirror above the vanity. Another nice feature of a mirror in the bathroom is that when positioned correctly, it will reflect the lighting, making the room even brighter.
In my mother’s place, which is quite a small condo, several entire walls, small as they may be, are covered completely in mirror and they are situated to reflect the outdoors and create a more spacious feeling. The room above uses a combination of sleek reflective mirror and soft upholstered panels to create great dramatic interest and reflect the sky. In my home I have several closet doors covered with full panel mirrors and I love them for reflecting the view and they are handy for checking out and outfit when getting dressed.
An over-sized framed mirror can become a reflective background for a collage of accessories. Lean it against the wall for a casual appearance and let it change the angles of the items in front of it. It becomes an extension of the arrangement, doing more than simply doubling it.
So my final thoughts are these; look around your home, are there pretty views outside that could be reflected in a large mirror placed directly across from the view?
These are all things to ponder as you consider improvements you can make to your home. I know that more often than not, mirrors are just considered a decorative element or a necessity in certain places. But if you’ll open your mind and consider the magic they can perform, you just might give mirrors another chance. Just be careful, I’m only4 months into my seven years bad luck….hold on to those mirrors tightly!