|Aren't these contemporary Mercury glass vessels|
from West Elm to die for? Here's my choice of the
best tutorial for hacking the Mercury glass look.
It's time to add another box -- the bling box. When a room needs a lift, some shiny things are usually the answer. No matter what style or price point your home falls under, using shine will bring it to life and give it personality Maybe even a little glamor.
Here are my favorite sources for the kind of bling I am taking about.
- Crystal and clear glass
- Lucite and acrylic
- Sequins, rhinestones, beads and other embellishments
- Mercury glass
- Glossy plastic and vinyl
- Stainless steel
Bathrooms and kitchens will be an easy place to add shine. Stainless appliances and ceramic fixtures quality. Glassware is a natural in these rooms. I'm picturing a large clean glass bowl of lemons in the kitchen, and apothecary jars of spa goodies in the bath.
Bring on the Bevel
My favorite way to make a room glisten is to add mirrors. At least one per room. Large or small, depending. And my favorite mirrors are bevelled mirrors. Heck, you can pick up a 30 x 30-inch sunburst mirror at Home Depot for about $35, or a 36 x 30-inch wide-framed mirror from Lowe's for $60. That's alot of bling for the buck.
Along the same lines, glass-covered prints in mirrored frames add serious wow to any room. I see these in vintage styles as well as sleek, contemporary styles.
A chandelier is the ultimate bling thing. Look for a place where a fancy
light fixture might be a surprise, like a closet or bath. Photo: Traditional Home
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