For the past several years I have been on the lookout for a carved mirror for my dining room. I wanted a large mirror that I could put above my buffet. But of course, it seems once I get something stuck in mind, it's often very difficult for me to find that exact thing. Then, when I least expect it
...I find it.
Here it is...sitting in the back of Home Goods. A Drexel Heritage, gorgeous mirror. It wasn't inexpensive at $250, but it was a deal, as I know that mirror is at least $500+ from Drexel Heritage.
I went and got the measuring tape from the store and measured it. It was 42" x 64".
Now that information was a bit useless, since I had no idea what the size of my buffet was, but I figured it had to be larger than 64" wide. Worse case scenario, I figured I would hang it vertically if I had to.
The mirror is HEAVY. I got someone to bring it up front and put it in the back of my minivan (which fits everything) and I lugged it all the way home.
I was very excited.
When I got it home I pulled it out of the back of my mini-van and then realized I could not get it up the stairs in the garage. It is big and bulky and HEAVY (did I mention that already) and couldn't do it. Luckily my friend stopped by and she helped me bring it in.
It was even more gorgeous in my dining room.
However, it was even larger than I realized in my dining room.
My buffet is 60" wide.
The space above the buffet to the crown molding is 64" high.
The mirror is 42" x 64"
Do you see my issue???
To hang the mirror horizontally (which is what I thought I would do), the mirror would actually be wider than the buffet which would not look right at all. The rule of thumb is that a mirror should be 2/3 the width of the piece of furniture you hang it above.
Clearly this would be breaking the rules, and not in a good way.
To hang it vertically it would reach from the top of the buffet to the molding,
filling all of the space above the buffet.
Here is an idea of what it would look like (I super-imposed it into the photo).
Here is another view:
I really want to keep this mirror.
Do you think it will look "wrong" if the mirror fits the entire space above the buffet (the mirror is 64" tall and I have 64" of space between the buffet and the molding)?
I could swap out the buffet for the server piece on the other side of the room,
which gains me all of one inch (since the piece is an inch shorter).
I've searched the house and there really is no where else the mirror could go...
plus, this is really the room I want this mirror.
What are your thoughts?
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