Decorating a wall with mirrors is a clever way to put the blank canvas to use and create an illusion of space within the home. Ideal for small rooms, wall mirrors can reflect light and make your living area appear larger than it really is. However, choosing the right mirror for your walls is not always easy. Keep on reading to discover how to choose the right wall mirror to decorate your home.
Choosing the Right Mirror for Your Walls
Mirror décor is one of the most effective ways of making your home look bigger and more spacious. Although there are several mirror decorating mistakes that you need to avoid in order to have the right impact on your visitors, choosing the wrong mirror is one of the more common errors.
Here’s how to choose the right wall mirror as the focal point to your room to make your room look spacious and bright:
Let’s discuss all of these considerations for choosing a mirror in detail below.
The size of the mirror is the most important factor when you’re buying a decorative mirror. The size will primarily be determined, not only by the size of the wall that you want to hang it on but also by the impact you want to create using the mirror.
If you want the mirror to become a focal point in the room, you’ll be looking for a large mirror that’s about 3 feet wide or more, but if you want to simply highlight a part of the room, a smaller mirror of 10 to 12 inches can do well in any space.
Large mirrors are ideal for small rooms or even as a background to your dining area to make the space appear spacious and grand. Small mirrors in entryways or above fireplaces can bring dimension and a reflection of light into the room without dominating the décor.
Another one of the considerations for choosing a mirror is to take its shape into account. While four-cornered geometrical shapes like a square or a rectangle are the most common choices, round or oval mirrors can also be found in plenty of styles in the market. However, choosing the shape of a mirror should be based on its purpose.
Accent mirrors simply need to highlight a part of the room, reflect a painting, or brighten up the space, without bringing too much attention to themselves. Thus, simple shapes are the best option, as they will blend into the décor to give the desired effect without creating an impact on the overall appeal of the room. In contrast, mirrors with unique shapes, like a triangle, a star, or a diamond, will certainly pull the eye towards them.
Shapes also play a role in how the room and its depth are perceived by the eye. Horizontal mirrors might make the room appear wider, vertical mirrors might create an illusion of a high ceiling, and round mirrors in a room full of angular patterns can add a touch of softness to all of the stark and sharp lines.
While choosing the right mirror for your walls focuses more on adding a reflective surface to the room, framed mirrors automatically add to your room’s interior. A mirror that covers the entire wall does not require a frame to catch the eye, and accent mirrors that need to blend into the décor should also have basic wooden, metallic, or plastic frames.
However, add a flashy, ornate, or decorative frame, and you have a winning statement piece that will wow your guests. This is the trick to make your mirrors the focal point of your room. A tiled mosaic-styled frame, a gilded and ornate metal frame, or even a fantastic stained glass frame for your mirror can help you add to the aesthetics of your room by just adding a mirror.
The style of your mirror and its frame does not always have to reflect the style of the room. You can take a step away from your modern interior design to add an antique mirror with a carved wooden frame to a focal wall. However, most modern interiors opt for thinly framed mirrors instead. In contrast, multi-dimensional mirrors are quite popular for contemporary interiors. Ultimately, mirrors work well with almost all interior décor styles for homes with varying designs as per the style that you prefer.
The contrast of colours plays a big role in interior design but when it comes to choosing a mirror, we recommend coordinating the colour of the mirror’s frame with the colour of the wall. Even though a plain black, white, or wooden frame can complement any interior, we recommend using tones of metallic gold or silver if you want to add a touch of luxury to your home. You can also choose one accent colour, for instance, the colour of the throw pillows in your living area, and coordinate the colour of the mirror’s frame with that. This helps you highlight one particular hue in any living space.
Of course, not all mirrors have frames and thus, sometimes, it’s not about the colours that the mirror frames bring into the room but rather, the colours that the mirror reflects back into the room. For instance, if you have one dark wall and three light walls in your room, hanging a mirror on the dark wall reflects the lighter ones and creates a softer impact of the dark tone.
Choosing the right mirror is going to be easier than ever if you keep the above-mentioned factors in mind. Check out these amazing ways to use mirrors in your home’s décor.