Mirrors can be used anywhere and in every room. In your favorite design magazines, you will see them everywhere from living rooms to kitchens, master bedrooms, foyers and hall areas, dining rooms, and even outdoors. There is no escaping the elegance they add anywhere they appear. It is simpleton thinking to believe that mirrors are only for utilitarian purposes – equally simpleton thinking is to believe area rugs should not be used where there is wall to wall carpet. The same way area rugs define spaces and add character, personality, and color to a room, mirrors equally elevate rooms to be so much better.
Mirrors can also be used in collages, using different sizes and shapes together, or added in to a collage of artwork or photography. Once again, they are a neutral wall hanging and don’t fight or compete with anything around them. If you currently have a mirror you love but the frame color isn’t working with your wall color, cover the mirror and spray paint the frame with one of the many metallic finish spray paints on the market. If you have a mirror you love the size and shape of, but you don’t like the frame at all, take it to your local frame shop and pick a frame that you love to take its place. Jessica at Angles Art & Framing on 436 in Casselberry will be more than happy to help you pick out the perfect frame.
Another great thing about adding mirrors to your home design is that they are inexpensive. Take a ride to Kirkland’s or Home Goods (several Orlando area locations) and you will see that even a large framed mirror can be found from forty to eighty dollars. Mirrors are something that you will have a long time and can find a spot for in several areas of your home. They are like a good pair of jeans. They go with everything and take away from nothing.
A great tip I’d love to share came from the July 2009 House Beautiful magazine. It featured a very tiny kitchen, not much bigger than some of the butler’s pantries in larger homes. Rather than using glass doors on the upper cabinets of the kitchen, which itself adds a lot of visual expansion to a kitchen, they filled the space of the upper doors with mirror instead of glass. How brilliant! It added so much dimension, reflection, character, and style to this little kitchen. It was no longer an afterthought in this home, but a show stopper!
Now lets talk about mirrors as the usual suspects – hanging over bathroom vanities. A framed mirror will indeed give a bathroom more personality than a builder grade mirror, typically attached to the wall with adhesive. However, some folks just like to have a huge mirror like this over their vanity. To them I say, “Good for you!” However, you can still dress up a mirror like this by buying trim molding (typically used to frame windows or doorways) at Lowe’s or Home Depot, and having it attached to frame the mirror. You can paint it any finish you choose from a metallic tone via spray paint or any other color you choose. It’s a great way to keep the large and continuous piece of mirror you love over your vanity while also taking advantage of the polish and style a frame adds to anything.
Some of you may already be on board with the high style mirrors add to a home and have several hanging throughout your home as you read this. Pat yourself on the back for already understanding the finesse they add to home design. For those of you who have only seen them for their typical use, I hope this article opened your mind up to what could be the missing link in your home. Go out this weekend and buy a framed mirror for just one room of your home and see for yourself how the addition of a mirror elevates the look of everything around it. Once you do this, you will see the reflection of a very happy person who made a very good design decision. Happy mirror shopping!