Mirrors can serve a number of purposes when decorating a space. They can help reflect light, make a space feel more open or serve as windows in a room that doesn’t get much light, to name a few.
Mirrors can also be used in spaces as an alternative to artwork, and similar to artwork, not all mirrors need to be hung. Further, mirrors can be an affordable way to decorate a home when looking for alternatives to art.
WHEN TO USE MIRRORS
Mirrors can be especially useful in spaces that don’t get much light, or when you may be looking to reflect light. Mirrors can also be used to draw interest to signature pieces of furniture or architectural features such as fireplaces, buffets and sideboards. In general, art brings color and graphic elements to a space, and mirrors serves as a wonderful complement.
CHOOSING A MIRROR FINISH
Mirrors now come in all different finishes from wood to lacquer and metals such as silver and brass to anything in between. When considering a finish for your mirror, consider how you wish your mirror to complement your space. Decorative colors and finishes should be treated as you would other finishes in your space. Choosing a metal finish for your mirror can easily be a compliment for elements such as doorknobs or furniture legs, while mirrors trimmed with wood may complement furniture elements such as a wood coffee table or dining table.
CHOOSING A SIZE AND SHAPE
When it comes to selecting a mirror, keep in mind that they come in all shapes and sizes. In smaller spaces, small mirrors can serve the space well as far as size and scale, while in a larger space, a grand or oversized mirror can really make a bold statement.
INTERESTING WAYS TO DISPLAY MIRRORS
One popular trend, especially when it comes to interior designers, is to use mirrors in a series. Whether hung vertically or horizontally, the choice to hang mirrors in a series can serve as a creative display. Additionally, the visual impact of mirrors hung or displayed in a series can be especially impactful when it comes to filling larger walls, or for those looking for a more friendly option to other wall decor options such as artwork.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .
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