I've always been pretty obsessed with mirrors. Not to look into so much I might add, but because of the positive effects they have on a room. And the bigger the better I say, and they are much much easier to source than artwork for example.
Someone, somewhere in my psyche is successfully trying to place images and experiences of aged mirrors in my way so I'm now compelled to write about this very subject.
It all started off with my birthday lunch at The Savoy Grill and experiencing the stunning antique mirrors that adorn the walls in the restaurant. Now, there's lots for the eye to take in when you enter this place but for me, they managed to stand out way above the patterned carpets, the deep blue velvet banquet seating, the lacquered walls and the wood panelling. Fortunately for me, the staff sat us at one of the booths that employed the wall of mirrors as a glorious backdrop.
I wondered on the early hollywood stars, world royalty and infamous musicians that could have looked into these mirrored walls over the last century or so. I hoped that they were indeed original panes as The Savoy was sympathetically restored to its former Art Deco, Edwardian glory and and re-opened in 2010, so you'd certainly expect that to be the case. Whatever, it wasn't going to spoil my fantasy.
Side Note: The Savoy Grill has received some negative reviews in the UK press (google it and you'll see), but for the record, our visit was absolutely perfect - staff, food, venue, hospitality was all 5*
Since this visit, I've come across many more images of old mirrors on line and in subscribed-to magazines. I find them absolutely stunning, very elegant and glamorous. I'd love to be able to incorporate them into a future project for someone.
I'd also like to install a wall of them in my dining room alcoves, there is little natural light coming into the room currently, just borrowed light from the kitchen, so not only would they add an extra layer and dimension, but they'd successfully make the room feel lighter and brighter.
My April 2012 issue of Elle Decor did not disappoint. What's more, this featured home is a Notting Hill Townhouse and the antiqued mirror glass is by UK company Looking Glass of Bath. A spendy but gorgeous alternative to wallpaper or conventional tiles, don't you think ?
Here are some other fine examples: