Several years ago my fiance and I lived in a large rental house that had a mirrored wall in the dining area. I absolutely hated it! It just screamed 1980's and at the time did not go with the decor of our home. Instead of working with it and making it look chic, it was like the giant elephant in the room. Every time I walked into the dining area I felt like I was in a gym. Oh ya, and to top it off we had wooden spindle half wall room dividers that were left over from the 70's as well. Just for the heck of it, here's what the space looked like;
So here we are in 2011 and leg warmers, brass fixtures and mirrored walls are making an appearance again! There's a right way and a wrong way to use mirrored walls in interiors. Here's a few examples of the RIGHT way;
Adding moulding around mirrored panels is a great way to create a large focal point.
via Domestic Bliss
Hanging artwork over the mirrored wall really makes this space feel inviting. I love this look!
via Elle Decor
Dining rooms are a popular place to use a mirrored wall. It's a great way to reflect the light of a gorgeous chandelier, like the one below.
The antique finish on these mirrored walls is very chic and popular right now!
via Bunny Williams
via Things That Sparkle
Mirrored walls can look great in a bedroom too . . as long as there isn't lepord carpeting and a round, rotating bed!
I love the architectural element that this type of wall treatment adds.
Since we're on the subject of mirrors, here's a look I am really loving right now - A decorative mirror placed on top of an otherwise ordinary bathroom mirror creates a very luxe look!
via Tricia Huntley
These spaces need to explanation as to why they look so atrocious, I think they speak for themselves!. . . The lesson here is that a mirrored wall can look great as long as the furniture, accessories and finishes in the room ALSO look great!