The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. (William Makepeace Thakeray)
Stage 1.8 of the sitting room fix is a gilded mirror. I have an unyielding view about such a mirror, namely that it must be large and it must be above the fireplace. I suspect this, like some other unyielding views I have (orange tinted art in the kitchen, Persian carpet in the hallways, green and pink in a children's room, hardly any furniture in the bedrooms) come from my childhood. I think we are very influenced by the environment we grew up in.
To demonstrate the point here are some mirrors above fireplaces looking nothing short of divine:
(Well this is actually over an oven but the point is the same)
Even Alice understood the importance of a mirror over a fireplace.
I also love the idea of a leaning against the wall mirror, like these:
This is what I have learned so far:
(1) the dirtier the mirror the less expensive (and I love that hard to see through look).
(2) new reproduction mirrors are often the same cost as a 200 year old antique.
(3) price is not necessarily an indicator of quality or age or even nice gildedness.
So - how big is too big? Does anyone agree that the fireplace must be be-mirrored? Or is this a fixed idea I should rid myself of?
(Images: (1) Homes and Gardens UK (2) via Plush Palate (3) Homes and Gardens UK (4) Decorno (5) Atlanta Barlett (6) Homes and Gardens UK (7) Better Homes and Gardens Aust (8) fromoldbooks.org (9) littlefrenchgardenhouse.blogspot (10) the gildedmirro.com (11) avantgardedesign.blogspot)