O Mirror, Where Art Thou?

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. – Sylvia Plath

Decorating with mirrors is an old hat trick used to open up a dark space, bounce light about or make a cramped room feel a little less cozy. Mirror placement can also be an artful pursuit, a discipline used to breathe life into a room, making the life lived within it a little less ordinary.

As Shakespeare famously wrote in Hamlet, I summarize:

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action…that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature…hold the mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature.”

I dare to translate that into interiors:

Suit the room to the reflection, the reflection to the room…that you cherish the inherent quality within it. Hang or hide a mirror, to give space to a new virtue.

Take the outside in and enjoy the insight it might give you. Mirrors offer a new way of envisioning, reflecting, and living within your surroundings. The view is sweet, isn’t it?

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K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.