Decorating with mirrors and not art can be a stylish solution to make any room seem brighter and larger. In this post are some ways to incorporate mirrors into most any area of your home.
Mirrors have been used as artwork for centuries and they can be not only functional but beautiful. We all have them in the usual areas for function. In the bathroom our mirrors help us to primp and many homes have a mirror in the entry to check our appearance as we head out the door. Does form have to follow function in the case of a mirror? According to Wikepedia the term form follows function “is a principle associated with 20th-century modernist architecture and industrial design which says that the shape of a building or object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose”. In terms of a utilitarian object in your home, I would say it can be just the opposite! A beautiful shape is what attracts you to purchase a mirror and it has the added functionality of reflection.
Decorating With Mirrors Not Art
The larger the mirror, the grander the statement! I’ve been working on updating my master bedroom and wanted a large floor mirror to bring in lots of light. The pool is right outside the French doors and the light just pours in to this room. I’ve had my eye on several LEANER MIRRORS for sometime now, yet the price held me back. This one is grand and the style will go with any decor and it’s on sale right now for under $450.
When looking for any mirror for your home, be aware of what will be shown in the reflection. I’ve been guilty of making mistakes just like anyone and one thing that I don’t want to reflect is an area that is always messy. I do want to reflect a lovely spot in my room, such as this mantel and added bonus that I use this one for a good look at myself when getting dressed. Who wants to head out with salad in their teeth!
Below is another great floor mirror that is affordable and speaks to me in French! Find it here ” Beaudry Leaner Mirror ”
Over the years I’ve found that decorating with artwork and hanging it is just not for me. I love to design rooms seasonally and a print or painting that is perfect for summer might not cut it for winter. This is never an issue with mirrors, and with artwork I’ll often just stack on a mantel, buffet or countertop.
Over A Mantel Mirrors
One of my favorite ways to decorate with mirrors not art is to layer them. Mirrors can be hung permanently if you know where they belong and it’s safer if you have an area that might get bumped. The mantel in our master bedroom as a vintage mirror that reflects only wall space beyond, so a layer of another vintage mirror adds dimension.
Decorating with a mirror and not art over the living room mantel gives me that talked about freedom to design for the seasons. Below is a coastal look for summer from a couple of years ago. With a chandelier hung in front of the mirror it’s reflected in the glass and the room just glows day or night. Plus it’s kind of hiding the evil (but necessary) ceiling fan. Do you see it in the mirror? You’ll find more of that post here ” Seafoam Green In A Coastal Style Living Room ”
Decorating With Mirrors (Not Art) In Every Room
If you love light and bright rooms, windows and mirrors can be the focal point and the heart and soul of your decor. In the dining room, home office, family room and yes…even a kitchen in the right spot!
This large mirror is truly spectacular and sits on the dining room buffet, reflecting light from the pool patio into the room. You’ll find this mirror in 3 sizes (mine is the 5′) here ” Gleaming Primrose Mirror ”
Make A Mirror
Whether you are crafty or not, the mirror below was easy to make from an old picture frame. I’ve used this technique with windows as well and have a full tutorial here ” How To Make A Mirror From A Picture Frame ”
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MIRRORS I LOVE
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