There is not a doubt in our mind that mirrors are essential to any home that wants to look stylish and modern to today’s tastes. However, choosing a mirror that manages to be all of those previously mentioned things while still being something that suits your home can be a different story altogether.
Even the best mirror can look wildly out of place if positioned awkwardly on a wall or in a room that simply doesn’t have anything to do with it. Our gorgeous collection of standing French mirrors are some of our favorite pieces, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that they’re simply not suited for specific styles and room dimensions.
Mistakes like that are potentially devastating to the overall aesthetic of a room and can make even the most beautiful pieces look ordinary or even garish, so it pays to make sure you avoid these types of mistakes as much as possible.
Thankfully, we’ve made a handy list of potential mistakes and how to avoid ever making them.
There is Such a Thing as “Too Big”
Height is a critical area of a mirror and can play a massive part in the overall success of what you’re trying to achieve.
Often the goal of a giant or oversized mirror is to hang it as high as possible to compensate for the size. However, 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.
As a precaution, walk towards your mirror and stand roughly 6 feet away. If you’re finding the corners of the floor, or your feet are wholly lost underneath the frame, then the odds are pretty good that your mirror is hanging a bit too high.
A Note on Size
Let’s just get this out of the way while we’re on the subject—size matters. There, we said it. The reason a lot of mirrors can make a space or room suddenly feel uncomfortable to sit in is often down to a lack of adequate consideration being given towards what the right size of your mirror should be.
When purchasing a mirror, think about the space it’s occupying and what the overall goal of the mirror is going to be. A boho mirror is not going to look great if it’s the only thing on the wall. Conversely, an oversized mirror will look comically out of place above a mantle when hung vertically.
The Spice of Life
Say it with me: variety.
Every mirror has a different role and a different space it’s meant to occupy. As a result, it pays to make sure your mirrors are not just the same piece repeated over and over again.
Mirrors, like art pieces, are meant to either make a statement in a room or enhance the features that are already there. 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 in itself and should feel unique to every room, so variety is crucial.
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!