There are very few home decor items that bring together artistry and functionality more than a wall mirror. Used in every single room of the house, wall mirrors have soared in popularity both as a means to dress up a room with a particular style, and to add a visual dimension to the room by its reflective properties.
There are many ways to categorize mirror styles and designs. From all-wood mirrors, to metal mirrors to mirrors made from organic materials, there is not a look you cannot find for this important home accent. For as many materials that are available, there are different sizes and shapes as well. Square, rectangular, oval, circular…even starburst designs are all proliferate, making your choices almost limitless. Perhaps the easiest way to begin is by room and function.
Typically, bedroom mirrors are longer rectangular mirrors that are placed over dressers and bureaus. Homeowners usually buy their bedroom mirror as part of an entire bedroom suite, with matching wood finishes. This provides a nice consistency and uniform appearance. However, there is no rule that says you cannot use a funky contrasting mirror to provide a point of differentiation for the bedroom as well. For example, you could use a round mirror to break up the sharp lines of a dresser. You may also want to consider the use of complimentary materials. In a bedroom that uses white pieces, for example, you could consider a shell mirror, or a mirror framed by driftwood.
Remember that mirrors do not always have to be hung horizontally in the bedroom. If you are using the mirror for wardrobe purposes, it can be hung vertically either above a bench or against a walk-in closet door.
Another great option for dressing mirrors is a cheval mirror. A cheval mirror is a long rectangular mirror (or oblong mirror) mounted on a stand. The stand allows the mirror to rotate on the vertical axis so you can better admire your beautiful reflection. Some cheval mirrors are mounted on cabinet-style bases that allow for storage. Styles range from very traditional oak construction to wrought iron, which works in many different design settings.
Leaner mirrors are also very popular for use in wardrobes. These are very large mirrors, 5 feet or greater in height, which simply lean against the wall in a casual fashion. Leaner mirrors add a dramatic touch because of their size and artistic designs, giving the room an air of bohemian elegance. Shipping mirrors of this size can sometimes be an issue, so make sure your merchant ships using a white-glove service which guarantees safe arrival.
Bathroom mirrors tend to be more functional than design-oriented, but there is no reason why you cannot use a landscape mirror or matching pair of oval mirrors over a large vanity for dramatic contrast. You can match the mirror frame to your bath hardware or vanity lights to create a striking visual tableau in a room that normally gets ignored in terms of creative design.
As we mentioned in our last post regarding mirrors, there are very few home decor items that bring together artistry and functionality more than this particular home accent. Used in every single room of the house, wall mirrors have soared in popularity both as a means to dress up a room with a particular style, and to add a visual dimension to the room by its reflective properties.
The foyer has increased in importance over the last few years as a showcase room for the home. Many homes are built with grand, 2-story entrances that offer a sweeping view of the interior. The foyer is what sets the tone for the entire house, so many homeowners splurge on gorgeous chandeliers, hall chests, wall lighting and mirrors. Some of the most popular mirrors for foyers are gorgeous starburst designs, with dramatic pointed construction that creates an artistic presence. Another popular motif is use of organic materials such as seashells or wood. The foyer allows for a little more unusual designs simply because it stands on its own as an individual room tied to the entire space. Some of the largest foyers make use of leaner mirrors, which can create a visual spectacle, almost like a doorway into another space.
Dining room mirrors
The dining room is one of the most heavily-occupied rooms of the home. Whether it is a formal dining room with a large rectangular dining table, or a more casual round table with eclectic chairs spead about, this is the room where we all gather most frequently. Surprisingly, many homeowners opt for a more conservative approach when using a mirror in the dining room, frequently placing it above a buffet or server, on the longer side of the dining area. In many instances they will select a long, wood rectangular mirror that matches the style of their dining table, chairs, and server. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, of course, but you could also consider using a pair of mirrors to achieve a more eye-catching effect, with the same space requirements. Or mix in a totally contrasting round mirror, matched with a pair of sconces.
Mirrors are especially important because they create a sense of space with their reflection. So a smaller hallway or dining room can experience a visual expansion with the use of a large rectangular mirror or a series of repeating smaller mirrors. Whichever direction you go with mirrors, remember you have lots of flexibility in design…visitors to your home will be impressed by your creativity when you mix in contrasting materials, and no matter what you do with your mirror, it will always retain its functionality.