Paint This Mirror or Leave As-Is?

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Q: I like the size and scale of this mirror over my mantle, but I am not sure the color scheme is working. I think it might be too much going on in the room. The room is a good size, but I have a series of artwork hung salon-style on the wall opposite the fireplace/mantle, and I think the green/yellow/red color scheme of the mirror might be too busy.

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Should I paint the outside frame? If so, what color? I am considering either white or black, so the carvings and inlay would still be visible, but would be toned down. Thank you!

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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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