Rooms designers use reflective surfaces to create a sense of depth and light

(Leah L. Jones For The Washington Post)
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Using reflective surfaces in your rooms creates a sense of depth and light. It's a look you'll find front and center this fall in many design stores, including Ethan Allen. Nora Murphy, Ethan Allen's executive vice president of style, says she likes the sparkle of crystal chandeliers, mirrors and lots of glass. The retailer's new lamp line includes a geometric table lamp made of lead crystal, which would dress up a bedside or vanity table.

Here, we show a vignette from Random Harvest's Arlington store that has a touch of glamour. President Beth Aberg, who buys merchandise for the four local Random Harvest locations, chose a Gustavian-style painted chest ($1,695) as an anchor for the sparkling tableau. The Sadie mirrored wall sconces ($295 a pair) and the mercury Timothy lamps ($265 each) reflect each other. "This combination of lighting and mirrors makes a serious impact on a room," says Aberg.

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