Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Designers Find Mirrors Compensate for Lacking of Available Natural Light

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Designers Find Mirrors Compensate for Lacking of Available Natural Light

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Most peopleinterested in decorating know mirrored walls can visually expand the apparent size of a room that is too small or the depth of a room that is too narrow.

But did you know mirrors also can compensate for lack of available natural light and impart a contemporary feeling to any size room?

These are a few of the tricks designers played with mirrors in a competition sponsored by the National Association of Mirror Manufacturers and the American Society of Interior Designers. Four winners in the residential category and four winners for commercial entries were announced at the annual meeting of the American Society of Interior Designers in Toronto this summer.

Arthur Mullen, of Pensacola, Fla., received first prize in the residential category for a bedroom with mirrored walls that reflect etched glass panels mounted in the ceiling and bed headboard.

The acrylic bedroom ceiling has thousands of tiny lights embedded which creates a starlike effect. The lights are guaranteed for life, according to the designer.

Mullen also took a fourth place award for a trompe l'oeil installation in which vertical acrylic rods are mounted in a bedroom hallway.

He said he discovered by accident that acrylic actually carries light, so it was possible to light the entire surface of the wall by mounting a flourescent tube in the ceiling.

This light is transported by the rods and these are in turn reflected by the mirrored walls.

"The whole room in effect becomes a light fixture. It was a dinky little hall and how when you walk in there it is a like a little trip into fantasy. It gives a sensational feeling," he said.

Both installations are part of the same condominium, which cost about $2.5 million to decorate and took two years to complete.

The designer noted that extensive wall mirroring is both a costly and a difficult installation.

"If you are going to try this stunt you really have to do it well. …

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