Mirrors & Space
A floor to (almost) ceiling mirror can make a room look taller. If you place a mirror at the end of a hall, the hall will appear longer. Placed in an entry, the mirror can visually double the space. Mirrors creating space work especially well in small rooms such as dressing rooms and bathrooms.
Mirrors & Size
One of the biggest mistakes when creating a mirror is going too small! A mirror needs to be large enough to:
TIP: Is your new mirror going above the mantel? It needs to be the same width as the mantel or just a few inches smaller on each side. Cover at least two-thirds of the space. To make a ceiling feel higher, be generous with the height of the mirror.
Mirrors & Frames
When choosing a frame for a glamorous look, the tendency is to go toward silver or metallic frames, similar to the Hollywood Glam style. Don't rule out darker colors, though. This mirror was framed with a pink-hued gold to blend with the other pink tones in the decor. When you walk in this bathroom, all you see is what's in the mirror, beautifully framed.
Mirrors & Hanging
The rules for mirror placement are a little different.
- A mirror needs to be hung so that it gives the best reflection. Is it in a hallway or entry? Hang it at eye-height so that you can check yourself as you pass it.
- In a living space, it is dependent on where it will be hung. If it is hung above a fireplace mantle, it should generally not be more than 12" above the mantle. If it is going behind a sofa, don't hang it so high that there is a disconnect between the two. Make sure they feel like a grouping.
- Think about what the mirror will be reflecting. If it is opposite a blank wall, hang a piece of art so that the mirror reflects that. If it is the beautiful view outside, hang the mirror at a height that shows the whole view. Depending on what a mirror reflects, it can become a work of art in itself.
- Looking for glamour with a kick? Frame several small mirrors in different frames and hang as a group.