Things I “Need” Week – A Trumeau Mirror

We have a landing going to our upstairs and  I am thinking a trumeau style mirror would look great there. It is a dark area and the mirror would be a nice reflection and give light to that area. So, what exactly is a Trumeau Mirror? I think this source gives the best description.

The trumeau mirror originated in France during the 18th century and are as popular today as they were then.  Trumeau mirrors were intended to hang on the wall between windows providing a decorative element to the wall as well as serve a purpose of bringing in more light.  Most antique trumeau mirrors are found painted, as the style of most homes during the 18th century homes were painted in rich faux work with ornate plaster frieze that ornamented the walls. The trumeau mirror is quite easy to identify, as it is most often rectangular in design. The size of the mirror was dependant on the size of the mantle or the width of the wall on which the trumeau hung.  Trumeau mirrors are designed where the bottom portion is the mirror itself, while the top is generally decorative.   The lower portion of a trumeau is always a mirror, and placed behind a candle and served the purpose of bringing in more light in dimly lit homes.  Homes were not wired for electricity, so any way of bringing in light which extended the hours of  daylight was a necessity.  The upper portion of a trumeau contains a relief carved design, a painting, or a second mirror.

Here are a few beautiful antique trumeau mirrors – they are exquisite!


French Louis XVI Parcel Gilt Trumeau from 1st Dibs

Louis XV Period Trumeau from 1st Dibs

Louis XVI Style Painted Mirror from 1st Dibs

This trumeau is one of my favorites – it’s a big one for sure.

If you can not afford a real deal antique trumeau mirror, there are ways to do a fake trumeau in order just to get the “look”. I am ok with that. My husband has become pretty handy with a miter saw and I have found a great moulding shop here in our city.  I either go to H3 or S & S Moulding. I love to just look at all of the trim, mouldings, appliques, corbels and imagine what projects I could do. Here is a mirror I found that I love – I took the photo to the moulding shop and we have matched up most of it. The onlay/applique at the top will be a tad different but the rest of it we found.

Ok, wish us luck. Of course my husband has a list a mile long of little projects he needs to finish. But, I love it when they build something for us………….they just strut around like they built the entire house. he is just so proud when I compliment him over and over on what a great job he did. Just need to do that stuff because they’re like little boys on the inside.

Thanks for visiting!!

Have a wonderful long weekend!