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BIG MIRRORS, BIG EGO?

 Annette English “Will people think we are narcissistic,” my client asked as I added a fourth mirror to her existing collection.  “Mirrors are your friend,” I explained, “as long as…
Sky High in Los Angeles contemporary dining room
 Annette English

“Will people think we are narcissistic,” my client asked as I added a fourth mirror to her existing collection. 
“Mirrors are your friend,” I explained, “as long as you like what’s staring back at you.
It seems that my reply validates her initial concern, but here’s the caveat:
Mirrors are most effective when they accentuate your home’s best features. Not yours.
This week on houzz, I feature homes with oversized mirrors and explain how they are great tools for “adding square footage” to any space. The above dining room illustrates my point. Not only does this pair of walnut-framed mirrors open up the small space, it also reflects the sculptural Sputnik chandelier and provides a peek into the neighboring room.
Dining Room contemporary dining room
Style On a Shoestring

Here, the mirror above the buffet mimics the neighboring windows by reflecting the sunlight from across the room. Having a dinner in this space is the next best thing to dining al fresco, wouldn’t you agree.
If all your guests can see is themselves while visiting your gorgeous home, then maybe they are the ones who are narcissistic. How many mirrors do you have in your home?

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  • I still have my eyes on at least one Louis ghost chair. Mirrors make a small room look larger.

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  • I LOVE mirrors! Especially big mirrors. They just brighten everything up. I'm actually waiting for mirrored walls to make a come back!

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