Published on Jan 6, 2020

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Adding a mirror to a space is a simple way to change the look of a room. Size, hanging height, shape, and frame design are just a few of the elements that need to be taken into consideration when planning to use a mirror in a space. The key to your success in decorating with mirrors is to know just how to use them best for your space.

When planning to use a mirror in a space, it is a good idea to first measure the area where you would like to place it. This will help to ensure that you will not buy a mirror that is too big for the space. Another consideration when planning to decorate with a mirror is the proper height to hang one. A good rule of thumb is that the mirror’s center should hang about 5 feet from the floor.

There are many things to consider when choosing the size of a mirror. Where you plan to place the mirror is a key consideration. If you are going to hang a mirror over an item, for example a sofa, mantle or buffet, it is best to keep the mirror at least 10% narrower than any item it is above. For the most impact, you should use as large a mirror as you can. A mirror in a bathroom can cover a whole wall over a vanity, while a smaller mirror is perfect by an entryway. Oversized mirrors are a great tool to fill a large wall, while mirrored sets can create a unique focal point over a couch, mantel or console table. In addition, a tall mirror can accentuate a high ceiling.


The shape of the mirror and how you hang it will also make an impact on your space. For example, hanging a mirror vertically will add height to a space while hanging a mirror horizontally will fill a wall. Also, adding a round mirror to a boxy room will liven up the space. The round shape adds interest by breaking up all of the straight lines. In addition, mirrors with an arched or richly ornamented top are an elegant way to dress up a space. Traditionally this shape has been used above a mantle.

Mirrors are a fabulous tool to add depth and light to a room. This makes them a great idea for smaller spaces. Mirrors will make smaller spaces feel larger by giving the room the appearance of having more depth. Light from windows and light fixtures will reflect in mirrors and bounce back into a room adding more light to the space. A mirror in a room without windows will reflect the lights and make the room appear brighter. Another great idea is to place a mirror behind anything you want to highlight when you are displaying items. Mirrors catch your eye and will therefore show off the things in front of it.

Lastly, it is important to take into consideration the dΓ©cor present in the space when deciding what style of mirror is right for a room. For example, if the room has modern style furnishings, choosing a mirror with a rustic Tuscan frame would not look like it belongs. A mirror with a sleek modern frame would look more appropriate in that space.

Mirrors are a fantastic way to add style to a space. With a little know how, mirrors can improve the look of a room by adding light and depth, highlighting assets and complementing a dΓ©cor style. Overall, mirrors are an easy way to enhance a space.

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