Camillei Camillei Mirrors February 25, 2018 19:48:10
The Origin of the Sunburst Mirror- The sunburst mirror has a fascinating history that dates right back to the 17th Century. During the 17th Century the Catholic Church began to use monstrances above the alter these elaborate designs were made up of decorative stands surrounded by glided rays of sunshine demonstrating what we know today as the sunburst style. These monstrances were often found in churches in Italy featured above the altar. The very first mirrors were very small and convex and it wasn’t until the late 17th Century that mirror production became more established and mirrors eventually increased in size.
Traditionally sunburst mirrors were finished in gold however these mirrors are now available in a wide range of finishes including; silver bronze and black colours as well as wooden and even mirrored glass finishes offering a contemporary feel.
Non-glass mirrors can be made using any clear substrate other than glass the most common being acrylic. These are generally less expensive than glass and some very cheap versions are nothing more than a polished metal surface. Here is a review of some of the mirrors offered by a selection of American furniture manufacturers.
Homelegance Glass Mirrors - Homelegance is one of the better American furniture manufacturers and the company markets a number of mirrors suitable for dressers or any other item of furniture. The Canton mirror is particularly impressive at 42 inches square. In a classic simple Chinese style with an espresso finish this is beautifully simple mirror that works with most decorative styles.
The placement of glittering glass mirrors is just as important as their design and many people fail to make the best of these home accents by locating them wrongly. Glass mirrors reflect light so you should place them where they achieve this to their maximum capacity. Use them to reflect candlelight natural light from a window or even light from your beautiful decorative lamps.
Mirrored Wall - To add sparkle light and beautiful reflections to the room you can mirror the wall behind the mantelpiece. Hang one large mirror on the wall directly behind the mantel. Or arrange several smaller ones edge to edge. Hanging several smaller mirrors is generally much less expensive than one oversized mirror. If you’re on a budget check out second hand stores or flea markets for interesting vintage mirrors. Or use mirrored wall tiles to completely cover the wall. Framed mirrors can also be used to decorate the wall behind the mantel. One large framed mirror will add an elegant look to the room. Or frame six smaller framed ones arranging them in a grid pattern which will add an interesting design to the room along with the sparkle. For added visual interest hang them on the diagonal to form diamond shapes.