Hang a Mirror over This Fireplace?

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Q: My husband and I just moved into a house. The living room has a fireplace with the space above the mantle framed out in moulding. I had orginally thought that a mirror with a beautiful frame would go nicely there, but the mouldings are really starting to throw me. WOULD a mirror go there? Or do I need to put something else there and any idea as to what? Also, what could I do with the sides of the fireplace?
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We were thinking 2 tables and lamps flanking the fireplace, but again, not sure if that's a good idea either. We desperately need light in the room as there is no overhead lighting.

We are a bit design challenged and have been hemming and hawing over this for months now. Help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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