Shimmering Interiors

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Image: Roxanne Stellmacher

There’s so much to consider when thinking about interior design and décor; from color and texture to scale and functionality, the ways to combine design elements are practically infinite. And that’s one of the things that’s so much fun about interior design and about observing and writing about interior design, seeing how different people use the variety of tools available.

One of those interior design elements is light. Most of us tend to think of light in the most literal of ways: illumination provided by electric fixtures or natural light through windows and other openings. But there’s also the factor of reflected light; one of the things I always look for in a balanced and pleasing interior is reflection. And today I’m going to show you some examples of reflection in these shimmering interiors, starting with the bathroom seen at the top of this post.

Bathrooms are one of the spaces that are typically full of reflection – mirrors, porcelain, tile work, fixtures – all of these typically include reflective qualities. What I particularly like about the black bathroom photo above is the variety in the amount of reflection that each of the shimmering pieces brings to the space; it’s not overwhelming and it makes for a ton of interest.

Shimmering Interiors

Image: Heath Ceramics

Sometimes a shimmering surface is better off being a bit more subtle, like in this kitchen with all of its natural finishes and tones. The glazed tile covering the wall provides just the right amount of reflection for this style of décor.

Shimmering Interiors

Image: Luis Ridao

On the other end of the spectrum, we have this dining room lined in walls covered with brass. That choice of material really amps up the level of sophistication, and is a terrific idea for this space.

Shimmering Interiors

Design & Image: Mimar Interiors

This wall clad, partially in a high-gloss enamel finish and partially with rich warm wood, is a great example of modulating the amount of reflection by using different levels of shimmer on the same surface.

How are you including reflection within your home?



  1. So elegant and rich in color,I love it!

  2. Awesome article .. And gorgeous pics .. !! 🙂

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.