The mirror. The most ancient apparatus for physical and spiritual reflection. Renowned throughout time for its mythical and enchanting powers.
Who could forget the moment when the evil Queen Grimhilde, in the tale of Snow White, seeks the answer to the infamous question, “Who’s the fairest one of all?” only to have the mirror answer “Snow White.” We all remember what happens after that!
Consider the mythological story of handsome Narcissus, who was purposely led to a pool of still water by Nemesis.Narcissus gazes upon his own reflection and becomes so enchanted that he is unable to move from that spot for all of eternity.
And we mustn’t forget Alice and her memorable adventure once she mustered up the courage to step through the looking glass into the alternate world on the other side
Still, to this day, mirrors are a necessity as much as they remain the subject of mythology, spirituality, tales, and symbols of inner reflection. We rely on the functional mirror for safety in blind spots in order to avoid potential disasters, or to be sure our faces are clean and that we have a tidy appearance prior to leaving our homes.
Of course, mirrors have a very distinct function for the interior designer as well! For example, our team at Le Barn loves the illusion a well-placed mirror brings to any room by giving it the appearance of being much larger than it actually is. Because mirrors reflect light and color, they lend more interest to an ordinary space. We love placing mirrors opposite windows to give the impression of a second window in the room. Many times beautiful mirrors are hung on walls in place of artwork when they’re housed in elegant frames.
The stand-alone mirror offers alternative decor by filling a corner or an awkwardly empty space. Consider the unconventional by placing a freestanding floor mirror in an outdoor space. Unexpected, unusual, and sure to spark conversation.
Le Barn has a number of unique antique freestanding and framed mirrors for you to consider on your next visit.
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