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The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt, 1981
The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt, 1981

Explore an alternate interior reality as Supreme Interiors pays homage to the power – and drama – of the reflection

Few destinations are more exotic than the world reflected inside a mirror. The reversed version of your current room, no matter how mundane, is rife with intrigue. Seeing your couch on the right rather than the left – fascinating! The bookcase on the other side of the room – hypnotising! Although similar in every way, the mirror image has the ability to captivate our imagination and transport us into a setting that is literally the exact opposite of our own. An awful day in real life is contrasted with the best day in your mirrored world, while a rainy afternoon is instantly dry and cosy across that frivolous yet impenetrable boundary. The world inside the mirror exists as a perpetual echo of what is, but also serves as a seductive representation of what could be.

It's for this reason I feel every interior space should have at least one mirror – the larger, the better. Designers will tell you that a mirror will open up a small space and make it feel bigger, or that it will add light to a dark corner. This is true, but the most compelling reason to bring mirrors into your life is for the drama!  In this case two mirrors are better than one, and if two are better than one, three are better than two. It is when mirror reflects mirror that things really start to get exciting, rooms start to transform and space itself seems to distort. The more faceted a mirrored surface, the more we allow ourselves to disregard these distortions and open ourselves up to an alternate reality.  The 1970s were filled with mirrors, and here we reflect on the 10 most dramatically mirrored rooms from the Supreme Interiors archive.