How to decorate with mirrors
Achieving beautiful interiors in your home is an absolute art. Whether you love modern or classic, colour or neutral, minimalist or not, there are some elements that common across any interior that directly impact the result. These include proportion, balance, layout, lighting, colour, floor and window treatments, furniture, and decor amongst other elements. Getting the mix of these just right can make or break a home’s interior. Mirrors are one of those items that come in so many sizes, colours and styles that it’s almost impossible NOT to find one that fits your style. And mirrors have been used for hundreds of years to make spaces look bigger, to reflect light, to beautify a home. Just think of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and once super example of using mirrors to make a pretty big statement! They were to enthrall visitors and impress upon them the magnificence of France and the Sun King himself!
So here are my 9 things to consider to successfully decorate with mirrors!
1) Glass. Do you want clear glass, smoked or antiqued? If you’re using mirror as a splashback, you might like to consider using smoked or black mirror instead of clear to give the kitchen a more moody feel. Or if you have mirror that is positioned in a way that could be a bit confronting, then using antiqued glass can soften the impact of the reflection. If you need an accurate reflection (in a bathroom for example) than obviously clear would be more suitable.
2) Size. Consider whether you want to play with scale for eg, you might want to put an oversized mirror in a small space to make a statement. Or you may want to be a bit more traditional in your approach and use more conventional proportions.
3) Frame. Unframed, silver, gold, ornate, box frame, coloured. Think about the overall style of the room and therefore what style of frame will work best. Is this a statement piece or will it blend into the room as a whole. You may want to juxtapose an ornate gold framed mirror in a super sleek minimalist and modern room. ANd that can look amazing! Or you may want a Venetian style mirror in a French provincial room which also looks timeless and beautiful!
4) NUmbers. Is it a standalone piece or are there going to be a series of mirrors? Sometimes a series of long rectangular mirrors in a hallway or stairway can look stunning for example.
5) Shape. Square, round, starburst, hexagon. Almost as many options as there are in frames!! You may want to introduce a curved edge mirror into a room of straight lines to soften it up. Or you may want a classic starburst to up sophistication factor!
6) Hung or resting. Is this a floor mirror that will rest at an angle against a wall or will you hang it on the wall? If you hang it, you need to take into account how high and how heavy it is! Usually, when hung, eye level is positioned in the top half of the frame. If you lean it against a wall, take into account the space it takes up – this may not be much, but may impact if it’s in a high traffic and narrow space.
7) Lighting. Mirrors can be used to bounce light around a room and ensure an especially magical effect at night. So where will the mirror be in regards to the lights and lamps. Mirrors often look amazing when placed or hung right behind a lamp and above a side board. In a bathroom, make sure that the light is positioned where you’ll get maximum light on your face!
8) Location. According to Feng Shui it is unlucky to place a mirror in front of an external door (especially the front door). Ditto for mirrors reflecting the loo or other drains. Think about where will give the most impact visually and practically.
9) Smoke and mirrors! When you decorate with mirrors, think about how you can play with the reflection. Do you want to make a room seem bigger? Then place a large plant in front of it. Or use mirror as the backing of a bookcase – this gives a fantastic effect! Is that a door way to another room or a mirror playing with our sense of sight? Careful placement really can imply so much in the reflection and can be used very cleverly!
Please visit my pinterest page with some great examples of how to ‘do’ mirrors to perfection!
So many options to choose from! So many elements to take into consideration. So, take your time and get it right and love the results!!