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The Magic of Light and Mirrors for Southwest and Mexican Rustic Decor

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By : Christoper Robertson    99 or more times read
One of the most beautiful ways to enhance a southwest Mexican rustic decor is through the selection of complementary lighting and mirrors that use the punched tin technique. These accessories, carefully chosen and placed, can add a desirable glow and needed illumination to any room in the house. Using both lamps and mirrors of punched tin adds to the coherence of the decor.

For lighting, there are several punched tin options, from electric to candle-powered, for the various needs of the typical home, from candelabras for the dining room or hallways to accent pieces for the living room and bedrooms.

One of the most popular styles is the tin punched lantern, both for hanging and for setting on a table. You can choose from the well-known lantern shape, which can be hung or placed flat after inserting a candle, or the simple cylinder. Various patterns of punching can reflect your own particular theme, from suns to flowers to animals to abstract. Handmade and tooled by master craftsmen, tin star lights add a festive and memorable look whether used singly or in multiples.

Punched tin spheres create a twinkling galaxy wherever they are mounted. Fun for everyday accents, they also create a great party atmosphere and can be used in covered outdoor areas. If you need additional lighting, consider adapting a candle lantern to electric by adding the necessary cable and sconce for your own unique statement.

Nothing complements lamps and lanterns like mirrors. By adding punched tin mirrors of varying sizes throughout your space, you add illumination while continuing your rustic Mexican or southwest theme. Almost any home can use more mirrors, decorators usually note. Decorative tin frame mirrors can be found in copper, silver, oxidized, and even creamed coffee color frames.

Effective use of mirrors in the home may be one of the least known practices. Large mirrors can make a small room seem larger by adding depth and illumination. Take care not to have them on opposite sides of the room, creating an infinity of reflections that can be unsettling. Place a mirror where it will reflect something of interest, from a window vista to a work of art.

Smaller mirrors brighten dark corners, e.g., in hallways or stairwells or behind candles. A rustic mirror placed over the guest room bureau or near the home entry door allows for a quick check of makeup and hair before greeting others. On a covered patio, mirrors of varying sizes can do wonders by reflecting the garden.

These punched tin accessories from Mexico carry on an arts and craft tradition that has been carried on through generations since the time of the Spanish Conquest. This timeless element makes them perfect for a home with a southwest or Mexican rustic decor for their interest and utility. Also, those that are hand crafted and tooled by skilled artisans in central Mexico are true works of art as each one is different.
Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the world's MOST POPULAR website advertising companies on the web.
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