Decorators will tell you where you should have a mirror, but anywhere in a house or apartment can benefit from a really decorative mirror or two. We have friends who had a long hallway and they lined it with 5 or 6 mirrors of different styles and sizes. It looked great. Auctions are great places to find them.
A few examples in my own home include the following:
Our dining area is part of a living/dining room. We wanted to define the space within the larger room and we used three devices to do that. We build a shell cabinet in to the wall, we put up a chandelier, and we added a mirror.
We bought the 18th century Georgian mirror at an auction at Bonham's in London when we lived there. I had always wanted a Georgian mirror like this and we looked at many auctions and even bid a few times before we had a success. We also checked out retail stores and antiques fairs for examples and pricing, and feel we got a good price for this purchase.
Our living area is punctuated by a favorite Venetian style mirror that we bought at Doyle's some years ago. It's one of a pair. Here is the overall context and the mirror itself.
We have not seen that many Venetian mirrors with blue, and liked this one particularly.
A group of pictures on a wall looks even more interesting with a mirror amongst the group, or an interesting mirror can be the focal point of the room.
We purchased this mirror at an auction for very little money ($75). It's just a great looking piece, and now has pride of place at our daughters' house. It really dresses up the living room. No-one will ever know how much it cost.
The upcoming Christie's Interiors auction ( March 2 and 3) has some nice examples, including this one:
Christie's: Scandinavian Giltwood Mirror, 18th/19th C. Est. $1,000 - $1,500
The recent Doyle's Belle Epoque sale had some interesting less expensive examples (that went for less than the low estimates and some went unsold).
Venetian mirror sold $450 Neoclassical giltwood sold $450
Both mirrors are pretty big (53" x 30", and 69" x 30" respectively) and would serve as a very nice focal point in a living or dining room, or even a kitchen for that matter to dress it up a bit. They would certainly make a bathroom look glam too!Just think of a mirror as another piece of art.