Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mirrored Walls

I've been thinking about mirror a lot lately. What do you think of a room that is mirrored? My mind goes instantly to those suburban dining rooms which are tragically mirrored...Or the city apartments that were mirrored back in the 80s - Oy Vey.
However, I think these images posted are pretty fab, don't you think? Look at the famous mirrored bathroom in Miles Redd apartment above, or this living room by Bunny Williams below.Remember I talked about mirroring my backsplash in the kitchen HERE? I keep returning to that idea. So -yah, or nah?

15 comments:

magnaverde said...

I love Eighties music but after I found out that a certain pop musician ripped out Leola Armour's mirrored bath from her David Adler house up on the North Shore, I took the dude's CDs out of the rack & hung them out on my balcony to scare away the pigeons, and even had he never done anything else of note, Miles Redd will always be my hero for rescuing Leola's abandoned room & giving it a decent home.

columnist said...

Mirrors are one of the best decorating tools in the box. Special and very spacial!

pve design said...

yes to the mirrored back splash.

R.J. Gilmour said...

Mirrors can be so beautiful when done correctly and in the right proportions...they capture and redistribute light...but having lived in a kitchen with a mirrored back splash I would say nay, they look beautiful but are really a pain in the ass, If you like to cook it means endless cleaning...

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I am all for mirrored rooms, if they are executed well and do not cause dizziness. Redd's mirrored bath, of course, was originally a Frances Elkins mirrored room, and still looks pretty wonderful. I am also a great fan of painted-mirror rooms, such as those done by Drian for Dorothy di Frasso and José Maria Sert for the Waldorf Astoria and Victor White for the St Regis. They are wonderful fantasy spaces but not, I think, meant for extended daily use.

Kwana said...

I'm afraid for you with having to clean that mirrored backsplash. I'm sure it will be beautiful though as long as thou don't mind the cleaning.
I have to say I'm not a fan of the mirrored rooms unless I'm is Versailles. I can't get over the 80's. I say mirrors in moderation. Like in a backsplash so if you don't mind the cleaning, go for it.

Kathleen said...

I like the mirrored backsplash idea. Is there a way you can test it out with some sort of temporary adhesive? That way, if it seems wrong, you aren't so stuck with it.

Janet said...

Well, like anything, if done right, mirrors are fabulous!

jack said...

All mIrrored or partially mirrored rooms done architecturally are fantastic vehicles of mystery and excitement and are always welcome in my book. Yes, cheers to Miles Redd for rescuing Leola Armour's David Adler designed mirrored bathroom/dressing room from a Salvage One In Chicago and Booo to Richard Marks who completely gutted that fine house.
Since then the town of Lake Bluff Illinois (where the Armour house is) finally adopted Historic Preservation laws.

-J.

Toby Worthington said...

Think twice about that mirrored backsplash in your kitchen, S.
That very subject arose yesterday at a meeting to do with a windowless kitchen, and how mirror might enhance the sense of space. Then we began to consider reflections~the backs of toasters, the blender, the appliance cords, the visual duplication of anything left on the kitchen counter. It was a recipe for chaos.

Toby Worthington said...

PS
Now that I've seen the kitchen in your archives here, I cannot imagine why you'd want to change anything.
The stainless back splash is very handsome, it reflects light in a subtle way. Leave well alone!

Be the change..... said...

thats why i've hesitated Toby -but it's just too much stainless steel with the appliances. The main reason though is that the backsplash was scratched in a few places when it was installed. It's always driven me crazy!

jack said...

Mirror that back-splash....lots of architects and decorators have gone before you mirroring them for years very successfully- its a no brainer and you will love it!

Pigtown-Design said...

I did it in my old kitchen and loved it. It really lit up the space.

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