Dos and Don’ts for Decorating with Mirrors

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It’s not hard to agree with the common perception of mirrors as decorative items, even if this contradicts their position as a functional piece of furniture. The fun part about mirrors, though, is that they don’t have to be constrained by either of these definitions and can instead be both simultaneously.

The reason behind this is because mirrors are natural eye-catchers and are usually the first thing a person will see when they enter a room containing one. This ability to grab attention makes them ideal at performing multiple functions at the same time by managing how a visitor might engage with your décor.

In saying that, it’s important to remember that mirrors have a difficulty curve, and it’s very easy to have a mirror grab a person’s attention for entirely wrong reasons, which can be disastrous.

To help lower the difficulty curve and avoid the pitfalls of poor mirror placement, we’ve squeezed into today’s blog a few crucial Do’s and Don’ts when decorating using mirrors that will definitely come in handy for your next purchase. 

So, let’s get to it!

Do Bop

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  • Group Up: Using mirrors in groups is an effortless way to style a mirror without thinking too hard. Mirrors almost always work better when in multiples, especially in different sizes, so don’t be afraid to stack them up. Try creating fun patterns and shapes with your mirrors to make a stunning centerpiece for any room.
  • Backdrops: Mirrors are fantastic when used in conjunction with other furniture. This is especially the case when used as a backdrop. For example, placing an oversized mirror behind a couch or next to a window can be a straightforward way to infuse class and visual variety into a living space. 
  • Highlight: While it’s common to use a mirror as a centerpiece for a room, sometimes a mirror can be used to enhance a unique feature in the space instead! Mirrors love engaging visuals and can double the impact with their reflective surfaces. Placing a mirror to complement a larger piece of art can be a fantastic way to maximize its effect on visitors. 

This Ain’t It Chief

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  • Size Matters: Mirrors can do a lot of work for your décor, but they can’t do everything. Using a mirror that’s too small for a room is an excellent way to negate the impact the mirror could have, making its inclusion pointless and borderline annoying. If you have a big room, then use a big mirror and vice versa. 
  • Sink In: If you have a sink in your bathroom, then don’t have more than a single mirror above it. Bathrooms mirrors should always be centralized above a sink, meaning you should never have more than one for every sink in the bathroom. 
  • Keep It Tidy: Mirrors are maximalist creations and thrive by reflecting the surrounding area toward the viewer. This makes them perfect for minimalist décor or any space that needs a boost. But, unfortunately, it also means a mirror is largely unnecessary in a cluttered room as it will often just make the room seem even more chaotic than before!

That’s about it for today’s blog. If you have a problem with your mirror and can’t quite seem to figure out just what’s wrong with it, then hopefully, this guide has been helpful! 

However, if you would like some more help choosing or caring for 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!

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