Mirrors were decorative yet utilitarian components in the colonial house. Large mirrors were for not only seeing one's reflection but were also for reflecting light into rooms. Often ornately carved frames would hold mirrors cut into pieces from mica and mercury glass as large pieces of mirror were not available. Smaller pieces would be arranged in a geometric form to create a larger expanse or they would be encrusted into the frame to create a playful reflection strategically placed for illumination of dark areas in a room. These were actually called reflector mirrors and could be found or commissioned bespoke to create light and sparkle in a room. Mirror elements were essential to Colonial decor.