There are many reasons to buy and decorate your home with mirrors. Mirrors can add style, sophistication, and dimension to any room. They can also make a small space feel larger, and they’re perfect for getting ready in the morning.
- More mirror decor ideas
- Types of mirrors
- Mirror styles
- How to choose the right mirror for your space
- How to hang a mirror like a pro
- How to buy a mirror
Hang a large mirror in your living room to create a focal point and make the space seem larger.
If you’re looking for a way to make your living room seem larger, consider hanging a large mirror.
Not only will it act as a focal point, but it will also help to reflect light and make the space feel more open. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Place a mirror behind a console table in your entryway for a chic look. This look is perfect for small spaces since it doesn’t take up any extra floor space.
Put a mirror on your dining room wall to reflect light and add dimension to the space. This will also help to make the room seem more inviting.
Brighten up the darkness
Use mirrors to brighten up a dark hallway or bathroom.
Incorporate mirrors into your home office décor to help you stay focused and motivated.
Create a glamorous bedroom retreat by hanging a mirror on the wall behind your bed.
Add a touch of whimsy to a child’s room with fun shaped mirrors.
Use mirrors to open up a small space and make it feel larger.
More mirror decor ideas
As you can see, there are many ways to use mirrors as part of your home décor. Get creative and experiment with different looks until you find the perfect way to reflect your style.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the most beautiful decor idea of them all? According to the mirror’s answer, beauty always lies in the beholder. As cliche of an answer as that may be, it is as honest as it gets.
What one designer may see as elegant and chic another may find boring. When it comes to mirror wall decor ideas, the possibility to turn something practical into a genius work of art can behave much like a mural, designed to turn a wall into something like an art gallery piece.
1. 4 For 1
To achieve a great mirror wall decor idea, instead of just hanging one mirror, why not four? When positioned just right, it looks like it’s one big mirror design that is simple and elegant at the same time. Should you have a room where it seems like you have limited options, this is a great way to overcome that hurdle.
Instead of a brick wall, how about a series of brick-shaped mirrors that are laid out as a wall? The best of both worlds brought together as one is not only visually appealing but kind of mesmerizing at the same time.
Sort of like columns, the elegance of the mirrors is fastened in place from floor to ceiling next to the wall but not directly on it. This is a great idea if you want to make the room seem larger than it really is. Whatever design idea you have in mind to work with the reflection of the mirror can really turn what may otherwise be an ordinary room into something truly extraordinary.
4. French Mirror Window
A large window featuring a series of squares within it is regarded as a French window. If this can be achieved for a window, why not design one as a wall of mirrors? Not only does this class up the room but will make it seem larger than life.
When aligned according to preference on the wall, the collection of mirrors dolling it up adds a great look. If you want a wall that is beautifully dynamic, yet practical at the same time, this is a good way to go about it. Furthermore, when looking at the mirrors as they’re lined up, it stares back at you either a reflection of yourself or the room in a manner that makes it look like a work of art.
6. Mirror Mural
When bits and pieces of tiny mirrors are put together to form an image on the wall reflecting back at you, this is an incredibly creative way to achieve the ultimate mirror wall decor experience. Depending entirely on how you wish to go about it, the design can range from something simple to an incredibly detailed masterpiece. How much of that wall do you want to use up as you design what would serve as a mirror mural?
Like a wall cabinet, various mirrors laid out with similar-shaped panels of different textures and designs will turn the entire wall into the kind of thing found in art galleries. Whatever you want to use among those panels between the mirrors is u to you. Maybe instead of something that sticks out like a vase, go with something simpler, like a painting or portrait.
8. Reflective Room Divider
Should a wall serve as a room divider, why not have it look like one giant mirror? This is a great opportunity to make the room feel like it’s larger than it really is. Furthermore, if you happen to have a home that has a great view and the mirrored wall is positioned directly across from it, this simply doubles the viewing pleasure, doesn’t it?
A series of squared mirrors patterned out on the wall, kind of checkerboard style, definitely spruces things up. The layout alone brings this wall decor idea to life, as does the larger-than-life reflection.
A collection of teardrops on the wall, each of them serving as mirrors, adds a special dynamic to what may otherwise be a boring part of the room. How many teardrops do you want your wall to have? If you’re not into teardrops, there are other shapes you can go with. Maybe you’d prefer something spade-shaped. How about diamonds? Do they all have to be the same shape? The choice is yours here. Although the same shapes are cool, so is the idea of maybe using the four different shapes from a deck of cards.
11. The Upper Half
For interior decorators that like the divided wall look where the lower half and upper half contrast from each other, why not mirror along the upper? This doesn’t have to be the case for the entire room unless you really want to go there. Among fine dining restaurants, this type of mirror wall decor is not uncommon. It is also popular among some hotels that want the lobby area to appear larger than it really is.
12. Wall of Mirror
As one giant mirror or three panels of mirror that are lined up like soldiers, this brings the wall to life. It further enhances the feel of whatever room this design happens to be in. Decorate the rest of the room to work with that mirror for maximum effect and you may have the most decorative room in the house.
Types of mirrors
There are many different types of mirrors that you can use to decorate your home. Here are a few of the most popular options:
- Wall mirrors: These mirrors come in all shapes and sizes and can be hung on any wall in your home.
- Floor mirrors: These tall mirrors are great for dressing rooms or bedrooms.
- Tabletop mirrors: These mirrors can be placed on any tabletop, dresser, or shelf.
- Vanity mirrors: These mirrors are perfect for bathroom vanities or makeup tables.
- Full-length mirrors: These mirrors are ideal for bedrooms, dressing rooms, or hallways.
There are also many different styles of mirrors to choose from. Here are a few popular options:
– Traditional: These mirrors feature classic designs and finishes.
– Contemporary: These mirrors have clean lines and modern finishes.
– Rustic: These mirrors have a natural look and feel.
– Glam: These mirrors are adorned with crystals, jewels, or other embellishments.
– Funky: These mirrors feature unique shapes and designs.
How to choose the right mirror for your space
When choosing a mirror for your home, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, think about the size of the mirror in relation to the size of the room. A large mirror in a small space will make the room seem bigger, while a small mirror in a large space can be used to create a focal point.
Second, consider the style of the mirror. Do you want a traditional or modern look? There are mirrors available in all sorts of styles, so it should be easy to find one that fits your décor.
Finally, think about how the mirror will be used. If you’re looking for a mirror to use for getting ready in the morning, a vanity mirror with lights would be a good option. For a decorative mirror that can be used to reflect light and add dimension to a room, choose a wall mirror.
No matter what type of mirror you choose, it’s sure to add style and sophistication to your home.
How to hang a mirror like a pro
When hanging a mirror, it’s important to use the right hardware and tools. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Tape measure
- Nail gun or hammer and nails
- Stud finder
First, use a tape measure to determine where you want to hang the mirror. Then, use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Once you’ve found the studs, use a level to mark where you want to hang the mirror.
Next, predrill holes for the hardware that will be used to hang the mirror. If you’re using a nail gun, shoot nails into the studs to secure the hardware. If you’re using a hammer and nails, be sure to use large enough nails so they can support the weight of the mirror.
Finally, hang the mirror on the hardware and enjoy your new décor!
How to buy a mirror
Mirrors are not only for practical use–they add a focal point, architectural interest and drama to any room. But how to decide on the size, style and finish? Here are a few tips to make your decision easier:
There are four main types of mirrors: Wood, composite resin, Venetian and metal. Wood frames are sturdy, but can be expensive if heavily carved. For that reason, composite resin is now very popular.
Provided that the manufacturer changes the moulds frequently, composite resin frames have a high level of fine detailing. A well-made composite resin frame accepts a wide variety of finishes, from wood tones to high-gloss paints. Composite resin is also lighter than wood, and thus easier to hang. Venetian mirrors should be of screwed construction.
Their wood backing expands and contracts with changes in humidity over the years. If the glass is glued to the wood, it can develop stress cracks or even pop off. An added benefit of screwed construction is that pieces can be replaced if they become damaged.
Metal frames are available in a wide range of finishes and styles, from sleek stainless steel to weathered copper. They provide a unique decorative touch in variety of settings and add a nice contrast in rooms where there are many wood furnishings.
Do you want your mirror to blend with your decor, or do you prefer a contrast? A traditional mirror in a contemporary room or a contemporary mirror in a traditional room adds an eclectic touch that can liven up the design.
If you prefer a more unified theme, choose a style that relates to the furnishings you already have. Look at the shape of the furnishings in the room. If they are mainly rectangles, a rectangular mirror frame is a good choice. If your furniture is curvy, an oval or round mirror will echo the curves.
We suggest that a mirror be approximately two-thirds the width of the object it hangs above. For example, if your fireplace mantle is 60 inches wide, the mirror hanging above it should be in the 45-50 inch range.
Of course, mirror size is also influenced by the lighting or decorative objects around it. If you plan to use sconces, lamps or other light sources, leave enough “breathing room” so they don’t crowd the mirror. Because it can be difficult to visualize the amount of actual space a mirror will occupy, we suggest using blue painter’s masking tape to rough out the shape and size of different frames on your wall.
It won’t damage the wall finish and will give you a clearer idea of how the mirror will look in proportion to the rest of your design. We also suggest that you choose the mirror BEFORE wiring for lighting. It gives you a greater range of options in frame size and style.
Again the question of finish relates to your decision to contrast or coordinate the frame with other furnishings or finishes.
For example, in a bath, you’ll probably prefer to coordinate the frame finish with the fixtures.
However, it doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy–a mixed finish frame in silver and gold adds a kick to all-stainless fixtures. In a room with many wood-tone furnishings, adding a mirror frame in silver, gold or a painted finish adds visual interest.
And clear-glass Venetian mirrors work almost anywhere. Finishes can also be changed. If you’ve found the perfect mirror, but it’s only available in the wrong finish, pay a visit to your local craft or hardware store. Michael’s Crafts, AC Moore, and many other stores carry a wide variety of finishes that can be applied with a rag, brush or fingers to change the finish to suit your needs.
Are your walls sheetrock (drywall) or plaster? If they are sheetrock, we prefer an E-Z Toggle to a picture-frame hanging kit.
An E-Z Toggle is a two-piece screw set. Mark the point on your wall where the mirror wire will go. Screw the E-Z Toggle base into the wall. When you insert the screw, small arms in the Toggle base will pop out and grab the back of the sheetrock. Leave the screw head sticking out just far enough to grab the wire on the back of the mirror.
For plaster walls, use a molly screw. For marble, tile or other materials, it’s worth the expenditure to hire a professional. A handyman or contractor is also strongly recommended when hanging a large mirror anywhere, to ensure that everything is properly anchored. Leaning mirrors are very popular, but need to be anchored in some way to the wall.
Ask your hardware store salesperson for advice, or investigate child-proofing kits meant to anchor bookshelves to a wall. Just as the tethers prevent a bookcase from falling on a climbing toddler, they keep a leaning mirror upright.
In addition to their functional purposes, mirrors add light, glamour and interest to your decor. Let your imagination go–adding the right mirror can complete a room or totally change its mood, at a far lower cost than changing the sofa!
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