Recently I have been admiring gold gilded mirrors. Gilded mirrors originate from the art of gilding. Gilding goes back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Craftsmen would carve ornate designs out of wood and would also attach raised wooden elements. A gilt paint (typically gold or silver) was added to their finished designs. Gilded mirrors were popular in the 18th century and were hung throughout the house. Gilded mirrors can elevate the design factor to a simple room.