It’s all about the frame….and the space…and the illusion. And of course, getting your lipstick on straight.
People have been admiring their reflections in man-made mirrors since they began polishing the surface of a type of volcanic black glass called Obsidian, around 6,000 years ago. Mirrors remained primarily a luxury item until the 1800’s when a new manufacturing process, a coating on the back of a sheet of glass, made mirrors affordable and readily available to everyone.
There is much mysticism surrounding the use of mirrors, some believe that breaking one may cause 7 years bad luck. Once upon a time, people believed that when a member of the household passed away, all the mirrors in a house had to be covered.
Mirrors have famously been depicted in art through the ages, as with one of the most popular paintings in the London National gallery, the 1434 painting The Arnolfini Portrait, where the Dutch artist Jan van Eyck sneakily included a self portrait, in the mirror. Above it is the inscription: Johannes van Eyck fuit hic (Jan van Eyck was here)
If you zoom in on this image, take a peek in the mirror on the wall behind the couple…you can see him in all his glory:
A good mirror in a great frame can double your visual space and give an ordinary room the wow factor. Have a look at the hall of mirrors in Versailles, for example. Framers know mirrors, which many people don’t realize. It’s all about the frame and we really enjoy doing them.
‘One of the easiest ways to get light bouncing around and visually increase the size of your home is by adding mirrors. One of the main factors to take into consideration is bringing the ‘softness’ and ‘individuality’ in with them. The easiest way to work around this is by having your mirrors made by your framer. You get to customise everything. The exact moulding, size, shape, bevel to suit the placement within your home(and the other artworks, as an added bonus).’ Grant Hiscock, Interior Designer, Gem' Appelle Designs
We can get creative to give you something totally unique and perfect for your setting. We have a wonderful collection of antique frames that can easily be fitted with mirrors. We can also reframe and repair damaged mirror frames. Have a look at this vintage painted mirror we restored recently.
We have a broad range of traditional and contemporary frames that can be made to your specifications. The possibilities are endless….to match your furniture, interior, architecture, to reflect the light, double your space, disguise a feature in your home or accommodate your personal style…..just have a look at some of these gorgeous design concepts.
Pop in today and lets get creative!
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