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Thursday, July 20, 2017

OK - What Do You Think - YES-NO-MAYBE

If you have seen my home, then I am sure you have seen my huge mirror in the living room.  I really like the mirror, but realize that in this house it totally overpowers the room and the furniture.  This is a really, really big mirror - 4' x 7' with a really big antique gold frame. Here is a view from the stairs.


Sort of a straight on view

and another view.  Ok, we all get that it is big.  It hung over the sofa in two houses ago that had vaulted ceilings and looked fine, however these ceilings are much higher.


Here it was in my last house with 9' ceilings and between two windows.  It didn't look so big.

NOW THE QUESTION IS THIS - - -Is it the elephant in the room or is it the one quirky thing that makes this room unique?  I have loved having this huge mirror because it makes the rooms I've had look so much bigger.  This current living room is 15' x 31' including the dining area.  The one thing that makes the living area seem small is the recessed section by the front window.  It is only 9' wide, so that is really small.  It confines the living space down to a really small footprint.  Several have asked me why I didn't try the sofa in front of the window and the small space is why.  There is no room for end tables on the sides it is such a confined area.  NOW THE BIG QUESTION -  Is it time for a change, rearrange, hang it lower or turn it vertical.  This past week I had several more suggest that I turn it vertical.  That has been suggested quite a few times.  I couldn't imagine that personally then I went on pinterest and found several living rooms that had a huge mirror turned vertical behind the sofa.









These were all interesting.  If mine stays the way it is, I do think it has to be hung a little lower above the sofa.  If we turn it vertical, then how tall do we hang it, or do we put it down by the floor and just have it show about 4' above the sofa, or somewhere in-between.

Now there is another option - - - Put it behind my console table on the entrance wall.  I have a really large painting hanging above this console table, so maybe the mirror could replace it.


It could hang just above the floor molding and the table be placed in front of it.  The table would fit right inside the frame space of the mirror since the mirror is wider than the console.  Hanging vertical that way it would be about 2inches taller than the current picture.


This is what else is on this wall.  The wall is 27' long from the door to the bottom of the stairs.  I could even scoot the china cabinet and chairs down a little.    (This picture might even go over the sofa for now - this shows a pretty accurate likeness to the colors in the painting.)


Here are some pictures I found on pinterest that show what that would look like.





Then the next question is do I get rid of it all together?  I love the idea of a mirror over the sofa since I already have tons of art, and yes I do agree, there are some fantastic mirrors out there that would look wonderful and some fabulous art too.

Help me out.  This thing is so heavy and takes 4 guys to just lift it up, plus it is hung on the wall with bolts in the studs, so moving this is not a walk in the park.

Give me your honest opinion - YES - NO - MAYBE - LEAVE IT or something else.



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62 comments:

  1. I say leave it. I think the reason it seems to stand out is the room is still a work in progress. The room feels very bright, and the floors are hard bare tile. The mirror is just reflecting that. Once you settle on a rug, and add some drapes, reevaluate the mirror again. My hunch us that it will feel right!

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  2. Keep the Mirror! I do love the look of the mirror on the floor in front of the console table. However, I understand about moving heavy items that require bolts in studs, etc. I would wait to see how you feel with your new rug. I'm not sure I would put drapes on those beautiful windows, I love the light and airy feeling in that room. One more thought...you don't necessarily need the end tables next to the sofa as you have that wonderful coffee table, I think the sofa under the windows, and your chairs facing it as a conversation would make the delineation you are looking for between living area and dining area.

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  3. Leave it as is and decorate the mirror.....a trio of seasonal wreaths, a natural or willow whispy wreath, etc and also soften the overall look with a plush rug. I think the room is beautiful, it just needs a bit more softness and the mirror is a really large "hard" item. Maybe soften the mirror with drapy fabric or a floral swag???

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  4. I vote to leave the mirror. I compared your last house with your current one, and I think adding some window treatments would do the trick. I LOVE your house and furnishings....I could move in there and be totally at home!!

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  5. I like the mirror on the floor behind the console desk.
    I have a similar large mirror that was left behind by the previous owners of our house - it has a small crack in the corner. Sitting it vertically on the floor behind my writing desk is ideal and when the desk lamp is on, it creates a nice illumination reflection. This mirror too is very heavy and the way I like to move furniture around I wasn't willing to commit to hanging it on a wall, only to want to move it to another location months later. This way I can move it to other locations when changing up the furniture layout.

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  6. I might try standing the mirror behind the console table but I like it where it is. I agree that you should wait until you find a rug and drapes before you make a final decision.

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  7. I have ALWAYS thought the mirror was much too large, and not to scale. But, I hate to say anything if not asked! Lol! I think trying it vertical is a great idea, and more 'in' these days. Too bad it's so heavy, because it makes it more difficult to try it in diffferent spaces.

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  8. I agree with all the other ladies, leave it and wait for your rug and maybe some drapes.....even if they never close. Everything is shiny and hard right now so soften it up and I bet you'll be glad you never moved it. With the china hutch and stuff moving it to that wall would just make it all too busy.

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  9. If it were mine, I would not hang it on the wall, turn it vertically and prop it somewhere. Have fun with it!

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  10. Turn it vertically and try it behind the sofa (prop it first and see if it is tall enough) and behind the table. Decide where it works best. If you decide on behind the sofa you can decide the height by moving it up and down to get the best look.

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  11. Maybe hanging it vertically will give it a fresh new updated look. I agree across the room with the hutch would be too busy. The room is gorgeous and so inviting. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do. fondly ~ Lynne~

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  12. Go for what you think would look best, Marty! I like both ideas of turning the mirror and placing behind the sofa or entry table, but I also like the first suggestion that curtains might fix what feels off kilter by softening the space between the mirror and the windows. I think I'd consider that first because even if curtains don't resolve the mirror issue curtains will still look great and you can then decide whether to try the other options with the mirror.

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  13. Marty, you have so many wonderful helpful hints. I guess I'll try mine....do faux drapes after you make your selection of a rug. Things seem a bit stark, not quite as warm as you might like. The mirror seems to "mirror" the less warm look you may be needing. So don't change it till you make your other selections!

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  14. It's perfect as it is--leave it.

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  15. I love mirrors over a foyer table and it is a bonus if it reflects something pretty!

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  16. I say keep and use sconce or shutters around it.

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  17. I think you should wait on making a decision on the mirror, until you have a rug, and curtains. However...I do like the mirror on the floor behind the console idea very much. The mirror over the sofa is a tad larger than the sofa, and makes it look top heavy to me. You have great taste Marty....I know you can figure this out! ;)

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  18. I agree with the others who say leave it as is. Hang drapes on either side of window for softness, color,and balance. Then with a pretty rug you will feel it is complete and homey as well as stylish and welcoming.

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  19. Just my very humble opinion -- I think the mirror is too big for the scale of both your sofa and dining table. And putting it behind the console would reflect too many legs, etc. So ... maybe it's time to ditch it and find something more compatible with your new home.

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  20. I too believe wait until you have added finishing touches, the carpet and window treatments. It will change the entire look!

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  21. I'm trying to deal with a big painting and have my own questions about it, so I'm probably not someone to ask. But I think if I were you, I'd put it on the floor behind a piece of furniture. Maybe the couch so you couldn't see the bottom. That would diminish it somewhat.
    Brenda

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  22. I really like the mirror where it is, i agree that you should wait on your new area rug and adding drapes will soften the space and bring it all together, your home is just beautiful....I'm so looking forward to view the area rug you decided on ;-)

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  23. Have you thought of turning the couch to face the window? Then you could turn the mirror and sit it on the floor on the same wall it is now between the couch and chairs. I think it could be pretty on its own with maybe a wreath or with a table in front of it.

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    1. I think that idea is worth a try, Kimberly. While searching for homes a few years ago I saw that exact setup in a similar room. Two chairs flanked the window and an armoire sat on the wall where the sofa is currently. I think there was also another chair on the entry side of the room but close to the sofa leaving a space to walk in and out but cozying up the space and better defining the entry.

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  24. Keep awesome mirror. Put painting where mirror is (vertically) and put mirror where painting is currently. My thoughts are you will get some nice light in the foyer and it's plain and so high there - I think you will be pleased if you do that.

    Love you home, love you. Hugs. ♥

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  25. First, that thing is so heavy, you would not want to move it until you are sure what you are going to do or you may never get 'helpers' to move it again. LOL I have a six foot glass table top that will made grown men cry.
    How about on the wall vertically behind the dining room table where the small picture hangs ? The china cabinet with two chairs seems to throw things off, but in the photos we are looking down.
    It looks beautiful where it is, you just had different taller accessories in the last house. Adding drapes and taller larger accessories will change the look. Sometimes it's best to wait and think longer.
    If we all had deep pockets, we would throw everything out when we move, hire a decorator, and buy all new furnishings to fit the new place, but there are sentimental pieces we all have (and we didn't win the lottery).
    Good luck Marty.

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  26. I'd go vertical and leaning against a wall, not necessarily in front of a console as the reflection itself seems to be confusing - behind the couch might work. Or perhaps another room altogether? Gorgeous mirror but very large . . . I've loved watching your new place come together so beautifully. . .

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  27. First of all DO NOT get rid of the mirror! And if you do, give it to me. (Kidding!) I like it where it is. I think it's a beautiful focal point of your room. I would not put it above your console if it were me. If you decide you turn it vertically maybe you could consider using your checked draperies on the windows. They are so pretty in the picture of your old living room. Just a thought. I honestly think your decorating decisions are spot on 99.9 percent of the time. Whatever you do I know I will love it. But it needs to be what you love.

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  28. I agree with Michelle further up; swop the mirror for the painting. But, whatever you do.. don't get rid of the mirror. It is amazing.
    Dawn P.

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  29. Hi Marty,
    as soon as you asked about the mirror I thought it would look better turned vertically. My
    daughter has a big black frame mirror that she has had in many different places over the years
    and it looks great practically anywhere she puts it. She presently has it in the corner
    between 2 windows.......anyway, all these pics with it behind the sofa look great to me,
    so think you should try it, and bet you will like it. Also swapping the mirror and painting would probably work well too.....but yes don't get rid of it for sure. As it is
    a beautiful piece, and I think you will definitely like it better turned vertically....

    Have a great day hon, and thanks for hosting every Tuesday.
    Blessings,
    Nellie

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  30. Right now you have nothing else on the mirror wall to anchor it. If you are going to have window treatments beyond the blinds, I would definitely wait for that before changing the mirror.

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  31. I am only weighing in since you asked, LOL! First, I would get taller lamps. Did you notice the tall lamps in the first picture you found on pinterest? I also would hang it vertically, either above the sofa or the table. But probably above the sofa.I agree that maybe you should wait til you have the rug and/or drapes.

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  32. I think it is too large and for me, I'm not feeling the gold frame. I would try it vertically and darken the frame.

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  33. Hi Marty, I love your mirror but I'm a big fan of vertical. I noticed in all the photos the mirrors were vertical. My two cents is to try hanging it or leaning it behind the sofa vertically.
    hugs,
    Sissie

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  34. I love your blog Marty. Since you asked, I would turn mirror and leave behind sofa also paint darker color.I think some area rugs would soften the tile floors and warm up the room. Do you think the coffee table is a little petite? I would have something a little more substantial.

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  35. I wouldn't move the painting over sofa. The painting is in old-fashioned style and certain colours in it and this may limit how you style your sofa in the future. The mirror could be turned vertically, I would like to see it, as from the photos you shared if looks like this idea is great. Also big mirrors behind console tables are always tall and "skinny", the tables are always wider the the mirror and this looks just fine. The same thing with sofas. In both cases mirrors are tall and skinny, and this makes up for tall walls. Definitely add curtains and a rug.

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  36. Let moving the mirror be the last decision. First hang your pretty drapes to give the mirror some company. It may feel different to you then.

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  37. I do like the vertical idea in either spot. My suggestion would be to try putting your console infront of the window where you chairs currently are and bring your chairs out into the room facing each other on each side of the coffee table. Would it work to switch out the round table in your dining area for the rectangle in the kitchen eatting area?
    And I do agree that it will make a big difference if you had looong drapes. Beautiful mirror I would try to use it.

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  38. I say leave the mirror Marty and find something to add to it. Maybe a spray of flowers or a wreath. It is so pretty in your room and I love the way it reflects the light. It would be pretty vertical too. I know whatever you decide it will look great.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  39. It only looks out of place because you haven't hung your drapes yet. I thought I didn't care for it there until I saw the previous room photo and BAM!!! that's what's missing. I might try to open up that space in front of the window...too much stuff lined up. Scoot the one chair out into the room, or bring one over and put the back to the dining area and angled toward the sofa. When the rug goes down, it will look perfect there. As it stands now, maybe this space looks too much like a "hallway" and not a cozy "room" space? It is always the most difficult job to decorate our own spaces, right?

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  40. Leave it as is. Hang drapes and add rug, then see how much better it will look! 😊

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  41. Don't worry about the mirror until you've finished getting drapes and a rug for the living area. It might look really fine then. Also, I wouldn't darken the frame -- there is enough dark furniture in the room already. And, the burnished gold color of the frame seems to be a part of your signature style.

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  42. I thought vertical as soon as I saw it. Hang it eight to ten inches above the sofa. It will raise the eye up and look fabulous.

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    1. I second Kim's idea! Beautiful, Marty!

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    2. I third Kim's idea!
      Beautiful mirror Marty and this may just be the ticket!

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  43. Personally, I love it. I think what makes it look like "an elephant" in the room is the gold finish. Too big to just slather in paint without knowing if that is the look you want. I would suggest uploading a picture into Photoshop and changing the color and see if you like the look. It doesn't appear that you like the "distressed" look but I have found that adding one or two pieces of a certain style doesn't necessarily distract from the overall "feel" of the room...so you might consider that. I have a large mirror (painted and distressed) hanging above my living room sofa and I too have tall walls...two story! I softened it with a wreath...seems to work!

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  44. I say leave it as is. Also, the picture looks perfect where it is. I would add draperies . But ,I would also change out the rug . Even if you add a pastel rug ,it would bring in some color and the room would feel like it is anchored . Right now it is very beautiful but it feels like something is missing. You do a beautiful job .I enjoy your blog. Love, Kelly

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    1. P.S
      The mirror's frame color looks fantastic ! I believe if you painted it now ,that you would regret it later. Fades come and go. Stay with what you like. Remember the white geese fad ? I had geese this and geese that . And than all the sudden that fad was over and I had all these geese ! You paint that frame to be light and than you will be stuck with a huge frame that is not in date. It will go in the thrift store with all my geese ! Love ya!!!

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  45. I say leave it Marty, I love how it looks, but you have to decide on what you want. I am sure you will make the right decision.

    Mary

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  46. I would move it to the other wall but turn it sideways and lean it against the wall. Then soften it up with whatever pleases you at the moment, beautiful throw, vintage painting hung over it, etc.

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  47. I love the mirror. It's definitely a show-stopper. What I noticed in looking at your previous home was the way the draperies softened the look of the mirror. I wouldn't paint it. The vertical look is lovely in all your Pinterest finds. Have you thought about hanging panels on the windows? I also think the rug in your previous house drew the eye downward so that you're not so fixated on the mirror.

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  48. I agree with a lot of comments, leave it and wait until the new rug is in place. I think a new rug may just be what is needed to change the look of your space instead of the mirror. If you have to move it, I say behind the console would look lovely.

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  49. My initial thought is to hang the mirror vertical over the sofa. When we moved I had some good mirrors to try to reuse/relocate, and I put two over my sofa. By hanging your mirror vertically the eye will move upward. Sheila

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  50. Please try the sofa in front of the window. Does the sofa NEED end tables? Not unless you want them because that’s what you like. Some of the Pinterest pictures you posted don’t have end tables at both ends of the sofa. The coffee table would be in front of the sofa to hold any beverages, snacks, books or magazines, so no end tables needed for that. Light to illuminate the sofa area at night could come from a floor lamp, a wall sconce, or a table lamp on a long narrow table set behind the sofa, between it and the window. The sofa table would also provide more space for pretty decorative objects. The two chairs with the small chest in between, or just one chair (if you don’t regularly use both chairs) with a small table next to it, could go across from the sofa. The mirror could stay where it is, but turned to hang vertically. Or, the mirror could stay exactly as it is, hanging horizontally, with three or four paintings, all in matching frames that complement the mirror frame, that are similar to each other in a row under it. The bottom edges of the paintings’ frames would be the same distance up from the baseboard as the top edge of the mirror frame is from the ceiling. Prints, pressed botanicals or photos could also be used instead of paintings. I think moving the sofa off the long wall might make this part of the room appear less long and narrow.

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  51. Jim will love my response; try it vertical and in both places, before getting rid of it. I also love a large mirror. Love what you've done with your new house!

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  52. Dear Marty, I think what seems to be bothering you about the mirror is scale. The mirror itself is not out of scale for the room with it's vast spaces and soaring ceilings.

    The white sofa, while lovely has no 'visual weight'. All your wood pieces are spindly legs and lady-like proportions, while the room is large like the mirror. If you keep the mirror, I think you need to introduce something substantial and solid---to that room to balance everything out. You spoke of a rug or carpet, that actually might help, if it is striking and a bit darker to anchor all the lady-like furniture and give it some weight to cling to. Pulling together new spaces is always hard and tall ceilings are lovely---but can be tricky.

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  53. Definitely hang the mirror vertically as it is too out scale for the room when horizontal.
    Curtains to soften the room and a larger rug with color to add warmth.

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  54. You got a lot of advice already! Generally I agree with what Barberry Lane Designs said regarding the "visual weight" and perhaps a darker rug to balance it out. Overall though the struggle I feel with this mirror is the frame- just a bit too overpowering.

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  55. Leave it! Work on the rest of the room. Rug, drapes, rearrange room accents, all to compliment the mirror. It is gorgeous, leave it right where it is.

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  56. It is a beautiful mirror! I think what makes it look to be too much is that it is exactly the same width as the couch or the couch could even be a touch smaller (hard to tell from the pics). If you had a much wider couch or the mirror was vertical it would be much better!

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  57. I vote for moving the mirror behind the entry table, and have it on the floor and leaning against the wall. I think the painting would look lovely over the sofa. So....bat your pretty eyes at the strong men in your family (and maybe ply them with some good eats and a swim), and ask them sweetly to move that mirror for you! You could promise that they would never half to move it again, but we all know that might be a stretch!

    Hope you are getting some of this glorious rain over your way, Marty, and have a great week!
    Carol

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  58. I think the mirror is too big for the room. I love the look of a big mirror propped against the wall in a bedroom. Could you have the mirror cut down so it is more in scale? It may be time to let it go... I can't wait to see what you decide.

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