The mirror and mirrored shelves on our dining room wall was an eye sore! It made the room look like it had two dining tables and twelve chairs and decades old. Decorative items I set on the shelves just reflected the items for a cluttered look. This had to change! I added the curtains to either side, and things became symmetrical and thus, more formal looking. This is appropriate for a formal dining room. This also made the mirrored shelves much more practical. I could put all my extra kitchen gadgets here and no one would see it!