What Goes With Mirrored Furniture?
There are some interior designers who suggest that mirrored furniture has fallen out of style, having been popular since the early 2000s. There are two possible responses to this, the first being; who cares? Interior design comes down to personal choice, and if something makes you happy then what’s to stop you putting it in your home? The second response is that when you look around, mirrored furniture seems to be as popular as ever. It goes to show – industry ‘experts’ don’t always get it right. You create the look and feel of your home, so go for it.
One thing you may struggle with when considering mirrored furniture is knowing what goes with it. So here’s a short guide to steer you in the right direction in adding drama, glamour, and a touch of elegance to your home.
If you favor a more modern style of home, then the sleeker items of furniture will fit in better. The designs vary greatly, so be sure to choose furniture with a modern feel that compliments what is already there. This style of furniture has its roots in the Art Deco era, with a huge range of different styles added over the years. Examples that have a ‘retro’ feel may clash with your clean lines and contemporary look, so try to select one with a modern look. For example, a multi-faceted sideboard, or large mirror with geometric designs – anything that is asymmetrical will work.
A match made in heaven
A single piece of mirrored furniture standing alone can look great. But it also can look out of place or a bit lonely. Consider pairing different items to get the maximum effect.
- Place a large, mirrored coffee table against the back of your sofa. The contrast between the materials and the angles enhances both.
- Set a small, mirrored cabinet between two beds, or between a bed and the wall on each side. This works well whatever the color scheme but is especially effective when natural and neutral tones are used.
- Use a mirrored side table or coffee table to show off a beautiful antique lamp, or a prized artwork. The light from the lamp will be doubled, showing off both items, and the artwork will be reflected to show it from different angles. Either option will make the best use of the furniture.
- Don’t be tempted to overdo it! Too many mirrored surfaces can be overwhelming and seem over the top. However, matching something like a mirrored dining table with a mirrored screen can add a real touch of elegance to your dining room.
Some people find the clean, bright mirror surfaces a little too much – sterile, even. If that’s you, then there are other options that may interest you, such as ‘antiqued’ or tinted mirror surfaces. These fit in excellently with homes that have a more classic feel, or even with shabby chic. Furniture with patterned mirrors also softens the reflection, which can bring a warmer, more sophisticated feel. For best effect, these should be used in rooms with neutral color schemes as they may look out of place when set against black and white backgrounds.
Whatever you choose, the secret to making your mirrored furniture a success is to use contrast in your design. Try to bring in a range of textures and textiles to offset the reflective surfaces, like wood, leather, fabric, and so on. A mirrored coffee table can become a centerpiece of your living room, so set some furniture and other treasured items around it that you want to show off. Place a mirrored buffet table beside a favorite rug to get double the effect. Use a mirror screen to split a room without making it feel smaller – the reflection tricks the eye into believing it is actually twice the size. Where you have sharp angles in your new furniture, tie it into the room using reflective, organically-shaped metallic ornaments placed strategically.
Mirrored furniture, when used correctly, is a part of classic interior design and will never be truly unfashionable. As to whether it’s for you, or which furniture to buy, well, that’s something for you to reflect on.