Mirrors were decorative yet utilitarian components in the colonial house. Large mirrors were not only for 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 since 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 to illuminate the darker areas in a room. These were actually called reflector mirrors, and they could either be found or commissioned as bespoke pieces to create light and sparkle in a room. Mirror elements were essential to Colonial decor.