Big or small, square or round, mirrors can add excitement to any room. Whether you live in a sprawling ranch or an efficiency apartment, they provide a special decorating touch. There are literally hundreds of styles available, so read on to discover how to add some sparkle to your home.
Traditionally, mirrors in the bedroom grace the top of a dresser or the back of a door. You may want to move beyond these types and invest in a Cheval mirror. This is a floor-length mirror encased in a frame (which swivels on a base). The benefit of a Cheval mirror is that it can be adjusted to let you view yourself from head-to-toe. Used for centuries, Cheval mirrors were usually framed in wood, but hot materials, such as metal and durable plastic, make these show stoppers a fresh accessory.
Children love looking at themselves. Why not add several mirrors in your child’s room? There are themed mirrors with everything from pictures of soccer balls on the frame to actual heart-shaped versions. Brightly colored frames manufactured to complement any room are available. Finally, maybe your child would appreciate a “green” mirror, one with a frame made from recycled materials, such as magazines or newspapers.
Mirrors make any room appear larger. They fool the brain into thinking the space continues beyond the rational boundary. In living rooms across the nation, mirrors sit propped on a mantel above a fireplace or perched on a shelf across from a large window; however, they beg for an expanded role. They want to be art! For example, use a small, round mirror to complement a grouping of decorative plates. Or invest in a mirror with a scroll design over the surface. It may not serve as a looking glass, but it will “wow” as art!
Of course mirrors are a necessity in the bathroom. Thank goodness the days of the small, rectangle medicine cabinet are gone. Large mirrors, coupled with excellent lighting, provide the perfect spot to get ready for work or for play. If you have a large 60” x 60” mirror that is frameless, you can now purchase products that can give it a sleek finished look. One product, called “MirrEdgeTM, is an acrylic mirror kit that fits around the edges. Another way to finish a large bathroom mirror involves building a wooded frame, staining it to match your cabinets, and finishing it by adding several coats of varnish. You will be surprised how much more cozy a bathroom feels with a framed mirror.
In an entry way, mirrors provide for last minute hair and make-up checks before leaving home. They also act to widen a cramped space. If you do choose to add a mirror to the hallway, seriously consider how high to place it on the wall – take into account the height of the person who will use it the most.
No matter where you place a mirror, it will add a bit of magic to the room!