Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Family Room Dilemma

I'm hooking up with Amanda's Decorating Dilemmas Party at Serenity Now. It showcases all of our design dilemmas and we get to help eachother out, cause we're all nice like that. Here's my problem. I have a decent size Family Room. I love the layout and really couldn't change it even if I wanted to, but the wall with the mirror is a bugger.

In person, the wall looks great. The mirror is huge and very different because of the size of the frame, but when it comes to seeing it in pictures, it looks blah.

Like it needs something on either side. I hate to even contemplate this because I don't want to put any more holes in my wall. I've thought about sconces, pictures, more mirrors, but I'm coming up short. I'd love some advice. Do I leave it the way it is? Help!


kim said...

Hi Kim, boy you are busy blogging today. To me it looks like it needs to be lowered some. Maybe three or four inches. It just looks a little high in the pictures. Not sure it needs anything on the sides it is already very large. I'm sure it looks different in person. I see things differently, too when I see my rooms in pictures...Kim

Anonymous said...

Hey there Kim! I LOVE that hunk of mirror! It would look awesome to have a narrow metal swirly plaque on each side, something almost a tall as the this...
These are pricey and you can find a better deal but it would sure look pretty!

Nancy said...

Hey Kim!
I always go with my initial feeling and when I saw that first pic I honestly didn't think that it needs anything more. It's such a prominant piece and I don't think it needs anything on the sides. If anything, lower it a bit. But that would all depend on how it looks in person.


Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Hi Kim! Hey, thanks for your advice on my patio today! I LOVE polypropelene (yeah, I don't have a clue how to spell it either!) rugs. I have one out there right now under the "Junky" patio set, but it's pretty BLAH. I might just paint it!

Okay, your room...
Agree that the mirror should be lowered just a few inches, but have someone sit on the couch when you lower for a "head check" Don't want head injuries!

I don't think you need anything else up on the wall.

I would, however, look for a bigger, chunkier square table for the left side of your couch and use the one you have somewhere else. It's getting dwarfed by the size of your sofa.

Good luck! Can't wait to see the afters!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think it's a great mirror, but I agree with the other commenters that it would look better lowered a few inches. You have a great room!! :)

Thanks so much for linking up!

Love the Decor! said...

It has already been said but I too would lower the mirror 2-3 inches and I agree that your end table needs to be a bit weightier. Otherwise it is a great room !!

Paula said...

I think that the mirror is fine on its own. It does look like it would look better if it were a little lower.

You've got a very pretty room!

Karen said...

Hi Kim!

I love the mirror! I wouldn't add anything next to looks like a gorgeous piece that can stand on its own. I agree with some of the others about lowering it just a bit. I also think if you put some "heavier" pillows on the couch you would see a difference. Something a bit darker with a contrasting piping. Since they are right under the mirror it would bring more attention to it. I agree with the others too about putting a chunkier piece on the left side of the couch.
The room is already pretty so matter what you decide it will look great!

p.s. I got your message on Etsy. Great idea, I would love to do it. Send me an e-mail at

p.s.s. I am snowed in here too and ready to get out!!

Barbie said...

Hmmmm, not sure I would lower the mirror. I think it looks well balanced now. But apparently I am in the minority. lol! I don't think you should add anything to the sides of it. But possibly a small print of some kind above the table to the right of the mirror(between the sofa and fireplace). Not sure how that will work with your clock though on your other wall.

Barbie said...

Ok... so it's not a fireplace but an armoire. :-) And looking at it again I actually would not hang anything above the table but actually add something taller to the table.

Debbie said...

I do not think it needs sconces either, Another thought and I can't see the entire room, but what about floating the couch facing the TV armoir? and you could put a sofa table under the mirror with that lamp you have there in the corner and some other decorative items....just a thought.....but as for the mirror it is a great piece and needs nothing more IMO!~ Love those pillows on your couch too. Thanks for stopping by:)

Anonymous said...

Kim, I feel very strongly that you should place the mirror vertical, rather than horizontal. I think what is bugging you is that the mirror is the only heavy thing against that wall -- TRUE.

Replace either the lamp or the lampshade with a black or dark shade. Remove the two striped pillows from the sofa and replace with two dark pillows for symmetry.

You need additional height on the cocktail table and COLOR. Fill that plate with red balls or something very colorful.

OK -- that's what I think.

I also like Debbie's suggestion above, if you can move the sofa.