Mirrored Classical Panels – How to Get the Look
Mirrored panels are exquisite. This one is a Salon in our Paris Embassy. I have never seen one I didn’t love. It is more difficult to create a mirrored panel today because we begin with drywall usually and add the molding. When you have a mirror obviously there is the mirror edge that you have to deal with. Beaux-Artes has a Neoclassical Panel kit specifically designed to accommodate the relief of a mirror or a piece of MDF which we like to use for Venetian Plaster applications.
The corner measures 10-3/4″ x 10-3/4″. The kit comes with 16′ of molding and retails for $349.
It will turn any size mirror into a decorative wall panel. The Beaux-Artes’ Neo-Classical mirror panel is the easiest way to add great decorative ornament to a mirror. The ornament is from the Louis XVI, or Neo-Classical era. It combines a garland and shell with two s curve acanthus leaves. It was very fashionable 325 years ago and is still in style today.
From the back of the ornament you can see how it is designed to accommodate the mirror and the molding.
Fashion Designer Zang Toi transformed this early 20th-century New York City apartment. The fireplace over mantle is a knockout!
Love this mirrored bonanza. The Piano Suite designed by Diane van Furstenberg at London’s Claridge Hotel.
How To achieve a Mirrored Over-Mantle Panel Design
This is one of our projects.
Over-mantels are present in practically all surviving classic homes.
However it is unusual to see them in new homes of traditional designs. If you are looking for something unique which will have a big impact in your living room consider an over-mantel. You probably already have a nice fireplace with a mantel. So all you have to do is continue that same design up to the ceiling.
In the photograph above we designed an over-mantel with a mirrored center for a client. Their fireplace was already in place, we just built an over-mantel in our shop and installed it over the fireplace mantel in a matter of minutes. That was the easy part.
Making the over-mantel in our shop was the difficult part. We selected the ornament from Decorator’s Supply.
The mirror complicated the design and construction of the over-mantel. The mirror needed to be set into the back of front fascia panel. To make it all work we needed to rout out the back of the MDF panel 1/4″ deep to fit the mirror. The mirror was rectangular but it looks like it has an arched top from the front. In addition, the two narrow side panels were also made from a 1/4″ masonite sheet which was also inserted into the fascia board from the back. Back then we cut the notches on the back with a hand router. Now we would use our computer controlled router to do all the heavy work.
After the parts were designed and cut, they were painted and faux finished prior to assembly. If you want to use different colors and finishes, then you have to paint the parts before they are put together.
Then we carefully attached the pre-painted compo ornament and matching molding to the fascia panel. The compo and the molding was attached part on the fascia panel and part left to cover the seam where the mirror would fit. The last thing we put into place was the mirror.
The crown molding header was intentionally not attached to the rest of the over-mantel before installation. We cut the over-mantel fascia about a 1/2″ short of the ceiling so that it would be easier to put in place. After we secured the over-mantel to the wall, we used the crown header to hides that 1/2″ gap. That was one of the reasons that it was so easy to put up over the fireplace.
When we looked at how much the over-mantel changed the room, we wondered why more houses don’t have them.
Then there is a panel with a framed mirror hanging in it.