Dec 2, 2010

The Beauty of Mirrors

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By Tanveer Khadim
  
The utilization of mirrors can be traced back to ancient times when the Chinese, Greeks and Romans used them to light torches for religious purposes. The 16th century saw mirrors being used to decorate royal as well as common homes. The splendid arrangement of mirrors by Mughals in the Sheesh Mahal is outstanding example.

Today mirrors of different sizes are both a necessity and add to the aesthetics of any house. Mirrors, irrespective of their sizes or frames, are an inexpensive accessory which can be used to develop a feeling of creativity as well as give depth to areas such as staircases, corridors, verandas, etc.


Here are few tips for mirror decoration:

  1. Paste old laces, artificial gems or traditional ajarak border around an old existing mirror for a more stylish look.
  2. Handcrafted wooden jhoroka mirrors in typical Mughal style look spectacular between two windows.
  3. A mirror on a dining room wall or in a cabinet's ceiling enhances the reflection of dishes and other glass ware.
  4. Instead of a combination of small pictures on a wall, try a collection of small mirrors to give more opulence to any room.
  5. You can change bedroom's dull mood to a romantic one by placing a wood or wrought iron framed mirror behind a lamp.
  6. An accurately angled mirror can reflect the soothing garden view in, thus beautifying a dull interior.
  7. Large elongated mirrors in small passages and dark staircases are not only decorative but also give the effect of doubling the size of small areas.
  8. A marble, wooden or wrought iron console table with a mirror in rectangular, oval or round shape creates a breathtaking effect in long corridors.
  9. In a windowless room, a large eye catching framed mirror adds to the look of the room and provides a view in an otherwise dull room.
  10. Consider what will reflect in a mirror before hanging it such as the colour of the adjacent wall as it can intensified after the mirror is hung.

Source: Dawn Newspaper (Pakistan)