Get creative with mir­ror place­ment

Eclec­ti­cism and asym­me­try is in

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Jen­nifer Fong

MIR­RORS can do much more than de­ter­mine who’s the fairest of them all. Just ask an in­te­rior de­signer. “We use them cre­atively in ev­ery job,” says Randy McCoy of Retro­fit De­sign. “It’s def­i­nitely some­thing that’s al­ways on my check­list for a room. It has a lot of artis­tic li­cence, (but) it’s sim­ple. You can take a piece of mir­ror, you can buy it cheap, and you can put what­ever you want around it.

“Im­me­di­ately, you get a cen­tre­piece that will add in­ter­est to walls, make rooms look big­ger, and help bring light into dark spa­ces.”

“They catch move­ment, they catch light and they sparkle, so all of those things are what peo­ple are nat­u­rally at­tracted to,” says Adele Wil­son, owner of Ed­mon­ton’s Para­sol In­te­ri­ors, which car­ries wall mir­rors as well as mir­rored ta­bles, lamps and sconces.

Be­cause of their ver­sa­til­ity, mir­rors are be­ing used ever more cre­atively by de­sign­ers, says Wil­son, an in­te­rior and fur­ni­ture de­signer her­self. The stand­out piece in her show­room is a mir­rored fire­place that fea­tures a dec­o­ra­tive re­verse-painted man­tle of sil­ver-leafed glass.

“I like the jux­ta­po­si­tion of it,” she says. “You’d prob­a­bly have a stone hearth or some­thing like that so it gives you the jux­ta­po­si­tion of a re­ally sleek, cool sur­face with the mir­ror with some­thing that’s re­ally rough and rus­tic.

Even a mir­ror, as it is on its own, is rarely ever just a mir­ror any­more.

“Peo­ple have moved away from per­fect fin­ishes and per­fect sur­faces,” says Wil­son, and dis­tress­ing and an­tiquing have be­come pop­u­lar ways to add char­ac­ter. “A lot of peo­ple like things that wear well, that look like they have a lit­tle bit of age and at­mos­phere about them.”

McCoy adds that mir­rors are now of­ten de­signed to be mod­ern takes on tra­di­tional forms. They ref­er­ence art nou­veau and art deco, but have con­tem­po­rary fea­tures. Some, for ex­am­ple, are frame­less, cut in­stead into vin­tage shapes by wa­ter­jet.

“It’s that clas­sic post­mod­ern way of do­ing things. You take an old form and use it in a new way,” he ex­plains. “They’ve done some­thing new and in­ter­est­ing with it, but you see the echo of that style.”

In bars, mir­rors help to re­flect lighting and cre­ate an action-packed at­mos­phere, but McCoy says those same ef­fects, on a smaller scale, can work nicely in liv­ing spa­ces too, such as kitchens or en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas.

If you want to make mir­rors the fo­cal point in a room, McCoy sug­gests get­ting creative with it.

“The one big mir­ror in the mid­dle of the wall is a mis­take th­ese days — eclec­ti­cism and asym­me­try is more in,” he says. “So in­stead of one mir­ror, get three to­gether. Put smaller mir­rors on top of big­ger ones. Just add a lit­tle per­son­al­ity.”

“This was al­ways some­thing since its in­ven­tion that’s used like art,” says Wil­son. “So go ahead and ar­range it like art, and use a va­ri­ety of mir­rors that share a com­mon theme: the same shape, per­haps, or the same frame.”

“You can have fun with it,” says McCoy. “It doesn’t have to be wellplanned or ge­nius. It can be like a lit­tle art project. That’s what we’re see­ing and that’s what I like to do. Make each

Adele Wil­son de­signed this re­verse painted-glass fire­place us­ing sil­ver leaf to cre­ate a mir­rored ef­fect. There’s a dra­matic con­trast be­tween the rus­tic stone in­side the

fire­place and the del­i­cate etch­ings of the mir­ror that frames it.

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