Decorating for Mirrors: A Reflection on Style

Pike Window Pane Black and Gold Arch Decorative Wall Mirror

Pike Window Pane Black and Gold Arch Decorative Wall Mirror

Have a walk through any home and you’ll find that there is just about always something that feels like it could use more to bring the best out of it. 

Better yet, have you recently taken a look at your own home? Go take a stroll around and then come back when you’ve found something that could do with a facelift. It’s ok. We’ll wait.

Oh? Are you back already? We thought as much. The reality of homeownership is that unless you’re a home decorator by trade, you’ve probably got at least one part of the house that could stand to have an upgrade. Well, never fear, because the solution to your troubles is often staring right at you the whole time. 

Mirrors are probably any interior designer’s favorite “hack” to breathing new life into any room or space in the room without having to start renovating the area in the process. Mirrors can accent a space and expand otherwise small rooms by creating a focal point that can resonate with any style. 

But just what are the rules for making the most of the mirrors in a home? Well, we’re glad you asked because we’ve made a fantastic little guide to hello out with just that. 

So, keep reading!

Location Location Location

Ozzy Black Round Wall Mirror with Gold Accents

Ozzy Black Round Wall Mirror with Gold Accents

A lot of the hard work associated with mirrors as decorating tools is chiefly down to positioning. It goes without saying that mirrors are reflective devices, meaning that what’s actually in the room other than the mirror is almost as important as the room itself. 

Try and avoid spaces where a lot of natural light will be falling directly on the mirror itself. In a best-case scenario, it’ll double the brightness of light in the room and at its worst, it will make a space unbearable to look at. 

Instead, choose a spot in the room that should only get a bit of natural light shining directly on the mirror. This will help make sure the mirror isn’t directly causing more glare during the afternoon and morning while also redoubling the reflected light that acts on other objects in the room. This creates a neat symmetry of light in a room that creates a pleasant atmosphere at all hours of the day. 

Reflecting Art

Louisa Antique French Vintage Wall Mirror Gold

Louisa Antique French Vintage Wall Mirror Gold

Ideally, a mirror increases the perceived space of a room without increasing the area yourself literally. As a result, most mirrors can be placed in a similar way you would position an art piece. 

Mirrors often behave the same way as a painting or sculpture does in a room from a design perspective, with mirrors becoming center points that attract the eye. Unlike paintings or sculptures though, the visual tapestry in mirrors are the objects they reflect, rather than objects within the art itself. 

One Final Rule

As a final rule for mirrors, just remember that there really aren’t any rules that you desperately need to follow. Much like art, mirrors are largely reflective in what they portray visually, except they’re much more literal about it.

Just remember that placing mirrors are meant to be about making a statement, so embrace e them as center points, and you’ll be richly rewarded. 

If you would like some more help choosing the perfect mirror for your home, then 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!