Monday, June 7, 2010

Design tips: Silvered furniture a reflection on all that’s good

Mirror mirror on the… nightstand?

If you want a fresh, timeless, airy look to a room with a lot of big heavy furniture (such as bedrooms and dining rooms), try a mirrored or silvery finish. Lighter and brighter than natural woods or even white paint, a nightstand or chest of drawers covered in mirrors lets the lines show through but hides the bulk.

By reflecting the tones and colors next to the furniture, a mirrored piece blends in nicely with its surroundings, creating a calming effect rather than contrast.

By visually extending the floor and walls by reflecting them, a mirrored piece can make a room feel larger and spacious, especially if the piece has tall legs.

For modern rooms, choose clean straight lines and a mirror finish and accessorize with clear glass, shiny silver, pewter or chrome pieces. For a traditional or eclectic look, go curvier, and keep the silver antiqued and not so shiny. Accessories can match or be other metallic finishes, light painted or distressed woods or stone.

Look for shapely smallish pieces that you like, with room to store stuff. Mirrored pieces work nicely as pairs for maximum impact, for example, two nightstands or one nightstand and a dresser in a bedroom. If the piece is large, I’d probably choose just one piece unless the room is large, too. Then, perhaps a silvered armoire with two mirrored nightstands would be quite elegant.

Until next time!

--Elaine Bothe


Mirrored nightstand and photo is courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Butler Cabinet with silvered rice paper doors and high legs and photo courtesy of Baker Furniture.

Curvacious Kaveri Chest of Drawers in white metal leaf over rosewood and photo courtesy of Conran USA.

Baudelaire low chest in metal leaf and photo courtesy of Armani Casa.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 12:01 AM 


OpenID susanwiggs said...

Sigh. I'm desperate for mirrored nightstands, but dimensions are problematic. I need a width no more than 20 inches. Have you come across anything in that size? Lovely blog!

June 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

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