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Mirrors have a powerful place in the home. Whether you follow the guidelines of Feng Shui to create balance and harmony or simply use them to create the illusion of depth, the do’s and don’ts of selecting the right mirror design scheme can have a real effect on your living space. Small room? Need more light? Space to fill? One or more mirrors can be the answer to many of your design dilemmas. DO place mirrors opposite windows to reflect light or in entryways and along a staircase to trick the eye. You can angle floor mirrors to make a room feel taller or hang a skinny mirror on its side to make a wall magically appear longer. Aim your mirror towards natural light to reflect into the rest of the room to automatically expand its appearance.
Fashion & Function – Comparing Wall Mirrors & Floor Mirrors
The wall mirror and full-length mirror are the two most classic styles because they’re the most functional. A wall mirror is perfect for bathroom prep, while a full-length mirror is ideal for checking out your entire ensemble. Today, these styles can also function as design elements throughout the rest of the house. DO use a full-size floor mirror in a living room or wall mirror above a fireplace to create a focal point reflective of your personal style.
For a unique look that catches the eye, the Uttermost Elliot Wall Mirror has a frame made of distressed, hammered aluminum with burnished details and rust brown trim with hammered aluminum finish. Individually designed to complement the latest in decorating trends while adding a timeless, classic feel to your room.
If you prefer more of a transitional style, Cooper Classics Lawson Wall Mirror in glossy white, is a versatile piece and perfect accent for any bedroom, entry, dining room, hallway or bathroom.
A stately floor mirror in the bedroom is both practical and adds a touch of formality to the space. The Uttermost Trenary Floor Mirror features a raised basket weave design, finished with a hand rubbed, dark espresso high gloss stain. This piece can be hung vertically or horizontally offering additional design options for each room.
Seeking a traditional look for your bedroom? Look to Cooper Classics for the lovely Oakes Cheval Floor Mirror with a tobacco finish to give your bedroom a warm and cozy feel.
Styling Small Mirrors
A recent trend in décor is to create a wall of mirrors or group small mirrors together in the same way you might display artwork. You can easily create an organized display that makes the room feel larger while also visually entertaining the eye.
Selecting decorative mirrors that work together can be a tough decision with so many styles from which to choose. Cooper Classics Olivia Set of 4 Wall Mirrors makes it easy to build a modern, contemporary display from a pre-packaged set. The aged bronze finish pairs nicely with most existing décor.
DO let your creativity take over and combine unique styles like the Howard Elliott Sabrina Wall Mirror with its simple yet beautiful Quatrefoil mirror and natural wood frame. Arrange multiple pieces on the wall for a dramatic look or pair it with Sterling Industries La Quinta Wall Mirror in bright silver leaf finish to create more of an artsy feel.
Magic Mirrors – Changing the Look and Feel of your Room
Decorating with mirrors provides many design options as well as the ability to create special effects. A statement mirror can be the focal point of a room, a collection of small mirrors can become a beautiful piece of art, and a floor mirror can make a room appear larger. Just be sure to consider the style and tone you want to set so you can easily integrate them into your current design scheme.
DO make your bathroom feel more glamorous by replacing a medicine cabinet with a beautiful statement mirror. Brighten your entryway or living area with a unique piece like the Howard Elliott Lula Wall Mirror, which is adorned by a chrome pedestal candle holder with glass hurricane. The design options are as endless as your imagination.
Mirrors come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have always served the functional purpose of reflecting appearance. Now, they’ve become increasingly popular as interior design elements with versatile ways to accent your daily living spaces.
DO make sure you measure your wall before selecting a mirror. Simply take the height and width of the space you want to fill and account for leaving several inches of space from the ceiling and at least a couple of inches on all sides. DON’T forget to consider the width of the frame as well.
PRO TIP: Finding the right mirror placement can be the difference between unwanted reflections and your desired design effect. DON’T hang mirrors so they’re reflecting the corner of a room, clutter or random, uninteresting items in your home. The reflection becomes part of your décor so DO ensure you’re reflecting a nice view.