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Mirror decoration: Expert rules and tricks

Mirror decoration: Expert rules and tricks

Typically a final pit stop to check your look before you run out the door, mirrors serve an important function in most homes. They can be simple and subdued, or artful, ornate statement pieces. We asked some experts for advice on making the most out of them.

Bigger is better

To maximize a mirror’s impact and create a focal point on a wall, consider a large mirror. “I would go one size larger than you would originally expect,” says Utah-based interior designer Andrea West, owner of Andrea West Design. “When you go a little bit larger in your scale, it makes it look so much more dramatic, continues the line of vision and it really visually expands the space.”

To open up a small, cramped bathroom, West installed floor-to-ceiling mirrors, drawing the eye upward to create the illusion of sky-high ceilings. However, when positioning a mirror over a piece of furniture, West recommends expanding up but not out: A mirror should not be wider than the piece it’s hanging over.

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Mirror Positioning is the key

Mirrors can help make spaces feel larger because light reflects off the glass and back into the space. Huntley likes to hang mirrors opposite windows to take advantage of natural lighting, but if you don’t have a window in your room, positioning a mirror near a light fixture will achieve a similar effect.

West advises positioning mirrors opposite a room’s entryway. This “greeting technique” is commonly deployed to make small and narrow entryways and hallways feel more expansive. Be sure to hang the mirror opposite something you would like to see reflected back. “Put it opposite the reflection of something that would normally make you really happy,” Kim Vargo, co-founder of the Yellow Brick Home blog, says.

Don’t hang the mirror too high

Although you might want to draw the eye upward to make ceilings appear higher, you don’t want people craning their necks to look into the mirror. “When it’s too high it makes the room feel more disconnected,” West says. “When you bring it slightly lower, you feel more intimate in the space.” Scott Vargo, co-founder of Yellow Brick Home, hangs mirrors at about eye level, with the center of the frame about 48 or 50 inches from the floor.

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Complement and contrast

There are no unbreakable rules when it comes to decorating with mirrors. To achieve a personal, collected look, West considers a room’s existing furnishings. In very angular spaces, she chooses rounder mirrors. “When you do have a lot of clean lines in your furniture, I would bring in a more ornate mirror that adds more personality and detail,” she says.

If you don’t find a mirror you love in stores, try a yard sale. Picking up interesting frames and pairing them with newer glass is a relatively cheap DIY project that the Vargos have used to create several custom mirrors in their home.

Protect your investment

Although hanging and choosing mirrors can be a daunting task, keeping them clean and usable shouldn’t be. “They’re really low maintenance, and they’re best left alone” Fowler says. If a mirror does get dusty, Harris recommends dusting with a feather duster or using a small amount of window-cleaning solution on the plate.

And if you’ve bought a very heavy or valuable piece, experts say, you might want to call in a professional to help hang your mirror. If hanging isn’t feasible, consider propping a large, heavy mirror up against a wall. Just make sure it’s secure and not in a high-traffic area where it could be knocked over.

Whether you choose an antique mirror or a large size floor mirror, it is very important that it looks good. All these factors stated above ensure that everything is perfect. Moreover, you can also give your home a designer look!

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