Bright artwork and a glamorous mirrored fireplace create a focal point in this transitional master bedroom. The designer's vision for the space was a welcoming retreat that exudes contemporary elegance. The soft blue walls turn the room into a relaxing, serene sanctuary.
Let the eye wander from this beautiful marble fireplace all the way up to the ceiling where ornate gold molding echoes the gold frame of the mirror hung above the mantel. A black floor calls even more attention to the room's walls and ceilings.
To get this look, look for mirrors with scrollwork or intricate details at yard sales, estate sales or antique stores, and hang it flush with the mantel. If the mirror is gold, silver, black or another color, you can paint the mirror and the mantel white, like this elegant fireplace by Atlanta-based Pop Custom Homes.
A large mirror sits on a white, limestone fireplace in this transitional living room. Neutral tones offset more ornate furniture, like an ornately carved coffee table, to create a space that is characteristic of transitional design.
The next time you go to a yard sale or thrift shop, look for a mirror that you can clean up and use as your budget-friendly focal point above the fireplace. Keep your eye out for unexpected accessories, such as a horse or animal sculpture. You also can layer the mantel with another smaller mirror, like designer Rachel Greathouse did in an Atlanta home.
This white living room features a mirrored media armoire that provides practicality without sacrificing the sophisticated feel of the room. Its beautiful mirrors provide glamour while helping provide visual balance to the fireplace.
A pair of plush upholstered chairs sit across from each other, creating a cozy conversation spot by this fireplace. Two gold framed mirrors, one large and one small, add visual interest and depth to the space.
This fireplace mantel, decorated for winter, mixes different textural elements, including a wreath made of old sweaters, vintage bottles and a basket of antique fabric balls. A monogrammed plate adds a personal touch.
"Mercury glass is pretty inexpensive. A collection on a mantel looks just as well as doing pairs," says Atlanta interior designer Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director of Parker Kennedy Living. Mercury glass also works year-round and fits nicely with holiday decor, whether your palette is red and green, or another choice. For your collection of combine mercury glass you pick up from antique stores, estate sales and yard sales with new pieces from home discount stores.
When the kitchen is in the center of the house or in a windowless space, place an oversized mirror over the sink to create the illusion of a window, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. This home also uses furniture in the kitchen for storage, instead of another row of built-in cabinets.
A tile design creates a decorative fireplace surround and pairs with a white mantel to create a bright frame for the fireplace. The metallic finish of the brass mirror mounted above the mantel adds a beautiful sheen to the room. Indoor plants and mantel trinkets finish the space.