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Mirrors: A Decorator's Best Friend

03 Sep

Did you know that a mirror does more than show your reflection? It is considered a decorator’s best friend because if well placed, it can fill your room with natural light. It helps enhance views, dark and small rooms look brighter and bigger by extending walls and generally add some oomph to the decor. Remember this: mirrors create more than reflections when placed properly.

This is why you need to know how to choose the right one and place it in the right location where it’ll maximize the decor and light. Here are some tips that should prove useful to you.


Mirrors: A Decorator's Best Friend 


1. Choosing the right one

The main things you have to consider while choosing a mirror are its style, size, and shape. The best one for you will be something that matches your decor, which may be traditional, modern or geometric in design.

It’s the frame that determines the style, which can be modern, traditional classic or edgy. It’s left to you to decide what effect you want to create and choose a frame accordingly. Sometimes it may even prove helpful at contributing to the look of the space if it’s antique with imperfections or has smoky glass.

You can choose one to match or contrast with the room’s furnishing. For example mirrors with a dark tone match the dark-toned wooden furniture in the room, or buy something metallic for contrast.

Frames are made from various materials like wood, resin, and metal, and rendered in various shapes like rectangular to oval or some geometric shape. It’s a unique or bright-colored frame that makes a real statement in a room.

2. Shape and size

When it comes to the mirror shape and size, choose after measuring the wall you plan to hang it on. Look for something rectangular and tall if the wall extends higher or something wider if it’ll fill a short and wide space. You could even contrast the shape with space by placing a rounded one in a square space.

While most of them can be hung vertically or horizontally as needed, do remember that many of them are rather heavy. So make sure the wall has the appropriate hardware to safely hang it.

3. Maximum reflection

Once you chose the right one, you have to choose the spot to hang it based on its reflection and not just on available wall space. It is better hanging it across some important painting, architectural element or furniture as it gives it more importance. It is also better to hang one across another to increase the amount of light entering the room.

4. Right place

Mirrors not only have to be hung across something visually appealing but also at an appropriate height. You, in fact, have to choose its spot based on what it’ll reflect. While eye level is usually the right height, it can be lower or higher, as appropriate.

5. Large pieces

It’s really worth hanging a large mirror in a small space because it creates an illusion of depth and space to make the room feel bigger. Full-length versionsagainst the wall are great for tiny rooms and in narrow spots like hallways.

6. Focal point

A mirror could be your answer to a focal point. You can create one by hanging one above mantels or dining rooms buffets, and hang scones on either side. If you are up to it, you can even cover the entire wall with them to create a gallery wall.

It’s better to treat them as individual units while placing them. These gallery walls are however suggested only for rooms with minimal clutter because the frames will make a small and cluttered room look even more untidy.

7. Use the right tools

After spending so much time choosing the right one for your room, it’s imperative that you use the right wall hooks or picture hangers to hang it. This way you know it is held flat to the wall, and anyway, hammering a nail won’t cut your wall!

Don’t attempt to hang a wire on a single hook as it makes the angle rest precariously against the wall. This is not only dangerous, but it also distorts the reflection. It’s better to call the professionals if you are hanging something heavy.

8. Mirrored furniture

Yes, it’s true that mirrored furniture is rather popular and can reflect light to elongate walls. However, don’t use them in rooms with lots going on because the reflections will be too much.

9. Kitchen backsplash

You can always use mirrors as a kitchen backsplash to open up the entire room. It’s better than tiles or marble that keeps you stuck in your tracks without any reflection or light.

10. Floor-to-ceiling

Why not try floor-to-ceiling units in the bedroom to create a feeling of the bed free-floating in the room and beyond. It plays tricks on your eyes to make the space feel big and bright and actually creates a relaxed mood in the room.

You could even place full-length ones in between two windows to trick your eyes into thinking that there’s another window and to maximize natural light. Or place one in your home gym to make it look more like a public gym.

11. Sunburst mirrors

Use a sunburst mirror to spice up your console by propping one on the wall above it. It helps to uplift the entire room. You can also place one over your bed’s headboard to add life to your bedroom.

12. Opposite a window

You can maximize the light and view by placing a huge mirror across a window to give your room a bright, summer feel.

13. Into a bookcase

Tucking a round mirror in the center of a bookshelf’s wall creates a sense of depth to the room. You can also tuck one in an old entertainment center in the TV’s space to add brightness to the room.

You can lastly use mirrors to highlight room elements. You can place it on some furniture like above the fireplace or use the reflections to your advantage. The main thing to remember is to place the mirror for maximum reflection, and better enhancement and highlighting.

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