Avoid These Common Decorating Mistakes
If you’ve read our blogs before, you’ll know that we consider mirrors the ultimate decorating tool. Antique and designer-style mirrors are often the swiss army knife of decorators and interior designers. A mirror’s ability to enhance a space by doubling natural light, increasing the visual area, and tying a room together is unparalleled.
Unfortunately, while the designer mirror might be a decorator’s favorite secret weapon, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a difficulty curve. There are many ways that mirrors can be misused in the home, often creating unpleasant effects that achieve the exact opposite of what is intended. With all that in mind, it’s worth it to learn what not to do when upgrading your space using a designer antique mirror.
In this blog, we’re going to explore the limitations of designer mirrors and how the wrong approach can be disastrous for your home décor.
To start, let’s talk about a little thing called “variety.” While it often seems tempting to have your mirrors imitate each other and create repeating patterns that stay consistent throughout a home, it’s also a surefire way to ruin the effect of your mirror and create an obnoxious effect in the home.
Mirrors, like art pieces, are meant to either make a statement in a room or enhance the features that are already there. Unfortunately, that statement can be pretty underwhelming if it’s not the only place you’ve seen that statement in a home or on the same wall.
Think about the purpose of each of your mirrors and choose accordingly. Remember, each mirror is a statement and should feel unique to every room, so variety is crucial.
Mile High Club
If you haven’t already been considering the effect of a large mirror in your home, then you should definitely start.
Often the goal of a giant or oversized mirror is to hang it as high as possible to compensate for the size. Alternatively, you might want to lean your mirror casually against a wall to create an “effortlessly chic” effect.
However, when hanging a mirror, there is such a thing as “too high.” The goal of hanging a mirror high is to make a space seem more significant through illusion. That illusion can be ruined by a mirror that hangs even slightly above where it should.
Fitting your mirror adjacent to your windows is often listed as a great way to make the best of a mirror in a space, as it enhances the opening effect of your windows and increases the available light in the room.
However, the opposite effect can be achieved by placing a mirror directly opposite a window. Mirrors love reflecting light and can blind anyone as the day reaches its peak brightness in the middle of the day. With that in mind, try keeping your mirror away from direct sunlight when possible.
If you would like some more help choosing the perfect mirror for your home, don't be afraid to give our team at West Mirrors a call. Our friendly group of experts would be more than happy to provide some advice and recommendations!