Decorative wall mirrors are a simple, subtle way to bring your style into any room in your home. But shopping and buying the right mirror is easier said than done; not only do you want the mirror to literally reflect the style of your home, you also need it to fit proportionately within your space. Begin by shopping by the shape of the mirror. The most popular shapes of mirrors are round or circular, rectangular, oval, arched or octagonal.
Look carefully at the mirror frame materials to help determine what will work with your already-existing decor, wall colors and general design aesthetics. Natural wood frames are perfect not only for rustic styles, but also work well for transitional, traditional and eclectic styles. Metal frames with decorative details are a classic look that aligns with traditional and transitional design. Alternatively, modern and contemporary wall mirrors may have minimal framing, or no frame at all. Pharmacy mirrors are wall-mounted mirrors with a shelf; not only are they trendy, but they are worth considering if you're shopping for a mirror to hang in a smaller room or if you want to dress the mirror up with decor.
Best Placement for Unique Wall Mirrors
Mirrors are perfect for nearly any room in your home, but for style impact with a pop, large wall mirrors over a sofa or hung above a mantle are easy ways to add something extra to your space. If you have a long wall or buffet in your dining room, you can anchor the space with a big mirror, especially a horizontal rectangular shape. If you are looking for bedroom mirrors, consider incorporating a full-length mirror that will add style and help you get dressed in the morning. Additionally, you can add visual interest into a dull space, like a long hallway, by adding long mirrors to the wall. If you want to make a small room appear larger, wall-mounted mirrors are an easy way to do so because they reflect light.
Must-Have Features for the Best Wall Mirrors
The best wall mirrors have distinct frames, with particular attention to materials and details of the frame’s style. Look for antique gold, antique bronze, brushed nickel, and industrial wood incorporated into the frame’s design. If you have a wall painted in a deep color - think a dark gray or slate blue - you can bring some high contrast into your room by installing a white wall mirror. Or if you have white baseboard, the mirror will begin to feel like an architectural element rather than a decorative item. Overall, a large mirror in any room is a good way of bringing style and decoration into the home.
Regardless of the type of mirror you choose, one thing is for certain: wall mirrors will always be in style. Whether you need one for function or for decor, you can find one in any style and with any feature.
Q: How do I hang a wall mirror and how is it mounted?
A: Depending on the mirror, it may have a hanging kit included, or you may have to supply appropriate hardware when you receive it. Hanging a mirror safely will be dependent on the size/weight of the mirror and the wall you would like to hang it on. You want to find hardware that supports the weight of the mirror and a place on the wall where you have the ability to tie your hardware into the studs. Many factors are at play, so make sure to pay attention to detail across the type of wall, the strength of the hardware and the weight of the mirror.
A: A quality mirror will weigh anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds, depending on the materials and size of the piece. Oversized mirrors can reach a weight of 95 to 100 pounds. It certainly something to take into consideration when you are choosing a mirror, as the weight can determine the type of mounting hardware you use and the ability to hang in a particular place.
Q: How should I display wall mirrors in appealing ways?
A: Wall mirrors are an excellent way to anchor a wall of artwork, to draw the eye into the room, and to make a small spaces feel larger. A great way to display mirrors is to decide if it will stand alone on a wall - over the back of a sofa, behind a dresser, or over a mantle - or be framed by artwork on either side. You want to find the right proportion of mirror to your room and to the items around it.
A: You will want to spot treat any flecks or smears on your mirror with rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad first. Once spots are cleared away, mist your mirror with a glass cleaner. Take a non-streaking lint-free cloth and start from one upper corner of the mirror and sweep across to the other top corner. Then move down slightly and go back across and do this zig zagging pattern across the whole mirror. Once you are at the bottom and the mirror dries, you will have a pristine and streak free mirror.
Q: Are wall mirrors still in style or are they outdated?
A: Wall mirrors are definitely still in style. They add so much to a room’s decor, it is hard to see them on a waning trend anytime soon. Often an essential accessory, they are incorporated into wall decor in nearly every style, because they reflect light, add sparkle, and enhance the feel of a room.
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