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Mirrored Furniture – It is Right for Your Home?

Updated on July 11, 2010

When you are trying to pick furniture out at the store its difficult to visualize what it is going to look like when you bring it back and set it up in your house. Technology has made it a little bit easier, what with digital cameras and camera phones, because now you can just snap a photo of your empty room and bring it with you to the furniture store but still it remains a challenge. There is absolutely nothing worse than bringing home a brand new piece of furniture that you really liked in the store only to find out that it either doesn’t fit in the available space or it doesn’t look right with the rest of your room.

Before your next trip to the furniture store spend some time thinking about the style of your existing furniture. This is important because you'll want to complement your existing pieces. Next, bring measurements of your room and existing furniture and a hand drawn sketch of the room, if possible. These simple tasks will help you avoid furniture that won’t look right in your room and will save you the trouble of returning unwanted merchandise after you realize it doesn’t work.

For most furniture types the rules are pretty simple: make sure to get matching colors, make sure to get the right size, and make sure it fits the budget and in the front door. Sometimes though, like when you go out shopping for mirrored furniture pieces that have no color at all, things seem a bit more complicated.

Mirrored furniture is stunning when done correctly. So, if you have your heart set on but you're not sure about selecting multiple pieces try adding just one mirrored accent piece to a room. Just one nice piece can transform the look and feel of a room.

Here are two reasons you may want to avoid full-mirrored furniture pieces:

When You Want a More “Homey” Feel:

Mirrored furniture has a certain aesthetic appeal to it. It looks “classy” and “elegant” but it will never look “homey” or “rustic.” If you are going for a down to earth feel for your room you'll probably want to avoid full-mirrored furniture. Look for something with mirror accents in a style that matches the feel of your existing furniture. A piece like this may have mirrored panels on door or drawer fronts, but will have a good amount of wood still showing. This would be a good compromise.

When You Have Small Children:

Little children have sticky fingers and clumsy feet. When you put a child near a piece of mirrored furniture with sharp corners and glass surfaces you are only asking for trouble. At best you are faced with cleaning up the surface of the mirrors every other day and at worst you are faced with getting your little one stitched up. If you are a parent with young kids you are already protecting them from a plethora of seemingly harmless household items, so this may not be a big deterrent. But it is still something to be aware of. If you simply must have mirrored accent furniture for your home you can learn more at Mirrored Furniture Gallery



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