Mirror Mirror Not So Necessarily On The Wall

Decorative leaner mirrors have become increasingly popular, and why not?

Ten and twelve foot ceilings are relatively standard in new construction, and allow the space needed to accommodate the desired reaction to a leaner.

Older homes like mine with eight or nine foot ceilings handle a leaner mirror quite well in their own right.

The height restrictions may make for more of a challenge, but the choices are not limited.

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Painted and Giltwood Mirror

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Painted and Giltwood Mirror

Mirrors open up a room and instantly cast the illusion of added depth.

A leaner mirror deepens the richness of the illusion.

gray-leaner-mirrorTraditional Home

Nuevo Estilo

The patina of the wood and the gold gilt easily enhance a formal decor or become the focal point of a casual space.

wooded manor mirror

Wooded Manor Mirror

I love the visual surprise of pairing stand out formal furniture or accent pieces with casual or primitive design.


When the shock wears off for those who don’t get it, or the excitement subsides for those of us who do, the look is hard to dismiss as luck of the design draw.

I have a great example of this to share with you at a later date.

Traditional Home

Any mirror can become a leaner.

The look achieved by placing a mirror upon a piece of furniture and propping the mirror against the wall spins a traditional placement to a fresh look .

House and Home/photo: Donna Griffith

I had a client purchase a set of small ornate fireplace andirons from me three years ago.

The client knew exactly what she was going to use them for and shared it with me.

The andirons were placed on her fireplace mantle and used in an easel manner to display a leaner mirror.

Fantastic idea!

If you have searched high and low for your perfect mirror and can’t find it, consider an unframed mirror paired with decorative  prefinished picture frame molding.

House Beautiful 

Decorative moldings can be purchased at home improvement stores in limited selections.

Larger selections can be found at specialty stores and through millwork manufactures.

Sheet mirror is typically inexpensive.

Going this route will allow you to customize a mirror to achieve the look you are going for.

Molding is purchased, corners are mitered, mirror installed, and the perfect “prop” is on your stage.

A DIY project that reflects your decor personality- now who’s the fairest of them all?



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