notes on design....
How To Utilize Mirrors
Frames can be made of many different types of materials in modern, casual, ornate, carved, gilt, traditional, whimsical, rustic, industrial, ethnic inspired or geometric styles. And the mirror glass itself can be distressed, smoky, antiqued or polished and clean. We have an amazing selection of mirrors, but there are a few things to figure out before you dive in.
Mirrors are not about vanity.
Mirrors can actually function as a window.
Try an oversized mirror or even a floor length mirror in an unexpected place (possibly in a dining room) to create some style intrigue and high design. Large mirrors can be used to address awkward layout issues as well, like hallways, for instance, where they can expand walls or break up some visual clutter if you have a lot of hung artwork. A large mirror in a small space can make it feel larger, and a mirror that is the same width as the furniture will pull a small space together and make the layout look intentional and not squashed.
Round Mirrors provide the sense of a portal whether they are framed or not, but this effect can be enhanced by this choice. An oversized frameless round mirror lets other design elements in a room to speak louder and makes a strong, but quieter statement. Round mirrors with a metallic finish are wonderful in a gallery wall, or in a bedroom, over a dresser.
- Mirrors can replace a television as a focal point in a room, but they won't be so great if they are reflecting your tv, so consider that placement carefully.
- Some mirrors can lean against a wall and don't need to be hung for maximum effect (or because they are so large or ornate that hanging is impractical).
- Don’t be afraid to use a mirror in a shape that’s quite different from your room.
- A number of mirrors in a space with a column or obstruction can divert attention and help create more definition of different spaces
- A large mirror above a low shelf will create the illusion of height in a lower ceilinged room.
- Mirrors that are hung high on the wall may actually benefit from a slight downward angle off the wall, instead of lying flush against it.
- A mirror on a door should take up as much of the door as possible.
- If you want something more ornate than a frameless mirror, but don't want to add color in a frame, try a mirrored frame for additional shine and personality, without any visual clutter.
- Don't rule out mirrors in a kitchen - they can create the bright light you might be missing.
- Try a non-traditional silvering (when the glass is distressed or antiqued) if want your mirror to be more ornamental than a clear reflective surface.
- In addition to putting lighting or candles in front of a mirror, they make wonderful companions to greenery - whether it be potted plants, vases of flowers or larger floor plants.