William Hefner Architecture Interiors & LandscapeTransitional Dining Room, Los Angeles
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Style tip: Choose mirrors with a sense of past. Mirrors define the style of a room through their size, shape and patina. In a darkly romantic space, mirrors should feel like they’ve come from a bittersweet fairy tale.Antiqued or distressed mirrors look as if they’ve seen a lifetime of reflections. Black dots, scratches and missing areas are all part of the charm. Mirrors that have lost their silver mercury coating or paint on the back have an almost surreal patina. Foxed mirrors also are a beautiful choice for a darkly romantic style. Less intense than a distressed mirror, foxing is a “fogginess” that occurs in old mirrors when moisture gets between the mercury silvering and glass, causing reflections to appear in soft focus.
This ranks up there with my all-time favorite photos on Houzz. The blue velvet glows in the light bouncing off the white walls and the antiqued mirror, its tones shifting between marine and navy and indigo for a quietly stunning effect.
Amplify your beautiful crystal fixtures or accessories by placing them within a mirror’s view. The reflected sparkle will produce a shine throughout your room.More:Houzz Tour: DIY Glitz and Glamour in SwedenGet the Look: Gianni Versace Style
4. Is it your style? Just because a magazine is touting black walls and antlers as the latest thing does not mean you should follow suit if it's not your taste. You know what you like, so just go with it. If you are going to make a major purchase, it should only be for something you truly, madly, deeply love.
Rich blue upholstered chairs turn a dining room into an upscale event! Blue velvet doesn't just belong inside ring boxes. Have your dining room chairs re-upholstered in a velvet blue, and add silver nail heads for a sparkly finishing touch. If cost is a concern, embellish only the head chairs. More: How to Pick the Right Blue Paint Dip Into a Watery Blue Bathroom Guest Picks: Brilliant Blue
The chairs in this gorgeous dining room made are instantly more glamorous by their ring pulls. The added metal detail helps create a balance in material by tying in these chairs with the shimmer of the chandelier and antiqued mirror.