Transparent & Reflective Furniture

Transparent & Reflective Furniture

Colleen Quinn
Apr 6, 2010

Sometimes when you're living in a small home, it's all about creating the illusion of space. Careful use of glass, lucite, and mirrored furniture can expand the visual space in your home while still addressing your functional needs.

Though transparent coffee and end tables don't allow for hidden storage, they do give you a surface to rest a drink or book on without the visual density of more traditional wooden pieces. Mirrored pieces help bounce light around a room and create the illusion of extra space, especially if they are placed to reflect the open spaces in your home. Here are a few of our favorite pieces:

1 The simple lines and small footprint make the Salmi Dining Table an excellent choice for tight spaces - $100 from IKEA
2 These Tanner Nesting Tables combine hand-hammered iron frames and tempered glass - $200 for the pair from Pottery Barn
3 The Cole Swivel Mirror hides a fabulous surprise- four shelves of out-of-sight storage - $160 from World Market
4 The Steven Swinger Desk offers an extended work area that slides underneath when not in use - $300 from Z Furniture
5 The highly polished steel and glass of Era Coffee Table - $49.95 $499 from Crate & Barrel (wow- that was some wishful typing!)

6 The sumptuous Borshese Nightstand will make even the smallest bedroom glamorous - $449 from Z Gallerie
7 This Hand Painted Mirrored Chest would make a wonderful buffet in a small dining area - $760 from Overstock
8 We can just imagine this Lucite Trunk protecting bright and wonderful textiles - $328 from Plexi-craft
9 The Louis Ghost Armchair is a perennial design favorite - $410 from Design Within Reach

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