design spotlight: mirrors

May 31, 2011

The owners of this South Minneapolis home wanted to punch up the design of their upstairs hallway, but didn’t want to commit to wallpaper or anything too permanent because they were planning on putting their house on the market.  We suggested hanging mirrors of different sizes and styles on the walls to create a dramatic, new effect. They were especially excited about this because they love French style furniture.

This was our little take on Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors

Tips for creating this look:

  • By keeping the finishes of the mirrors close, you can create a cohesive look
  • Vary sizes and shapes for more interest
  • Hang the center of the collage at about 60″ from the floor
  • You can find unique frames at vintage shops and paint them all to match
  • Rub n’ Buff works wonders to bring an old frame to life (usually found at craft stores)

By hanging mirrors in this hallway we were able to give the client a new look without breaking the bank or forcing them to make a permanent design decision. When they move, they can take the mirrors with them and use them in another collage or throughout their new house.

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