Bedroom mirror ideas
Shopping for bedroom mirrors is often more of a necessity than a style inquiry. If you're looking to bring one home, measure the space above your dresser, then get down to your style preferences. Wood frames, unpainted, offer rustic-chic vibes, especially if it's a lighter wood such as ash or birch; metal frames, on the other hand, offer more industrial or glam vibes.
Mirror frame ideas
For any room of the house, a mirror is the one decorative staple that offers more value than all other decor types combined. Mirrors are tools for reflection-checking, light-enhancers for dark rooms and style accessories; while the first two depend on the mirror itself, the third depends on the frame. Look for frames that enhance your aesthetic by opting for texturized woods, glossy metals, tilework or mosaic artistry and more.
How to make a mirror wall
The perfect mirror wall should feel like an art gallery. It should be filled with unique pieces that are visually striking and blend in with the surrounding scenery. To make your own, mix and match frame styles. Woods with metals, circles with squares – the more different each piece is from the others, the better!
Mirror frame decorating ideas
A growing trend is the "shelf mirror," wherein the mirror's frame is composed of small shelves or compartments. These types are designed to let you customize the mirror with your own decor; fill such a design with small figurines, bottles, decorative boxes and picture frames. (For a bolder look, fill in any empty spaces in a frame with small mirrored tiles – for a 'mirror within mirrors'!)
Round mirror decor ideas
Round shapes are gentler and more freespirited than angular. Take a cue from curved edges by incorporating soft, natural colors and boho-inspired decor to match these shapes. Prime example: arrange cream-colored vases brimming with greenery on a console table under a circle mirror with a rattan frame!
How to decorate a wall mirror
Whether round, square, oval, hexagonal, octagonal, pentagonal, triangular (you get the idea) . . . mirrors have a way about them that enhances the decor that surrounds them. Sometimes, though, a particular mirror frame clashes with a nearby color, material or pattern, so stick with similar aesthetics and styles to make sure everything matches and creates a smooth vibe. A wood frame over a wood console table or a metal frame over a metal console table is always the safe way to maintain style (and, not to mention, looks effortlessly beautiful).
9. With Wood and Metal
For an industrial look with a bit of an edge, look for a mirror frame made of organic materials like wood and metal. Pair it with a black leather side chair and a matching bookcase for a cohesive aesthetic.
Mirror art ideas
One of the more unique trends we're seeing this year is mirror art, which entails artwork painted over a mirror, with bits of the mirror peeking through brushstrokes. These designs are mostly used for art alone and not as practical mirrors. While you can invest in a piece by a professional artist, the other route is to make your own, which can actually be quite easy with a little practice. (To DIY, start off small: use mirror-safe paint to apply a couple of flowers or other pretty symbols along the sides of a mirror, with or without the help of printout pattern or template!)
How to decorate a mirror with flowers
If you want to use real flowers, decorating a mirror is basically about the space above and below the mirror. Below, arrange an accent table with a vase, in which the flowers will go. (This is the easiest way!) Above the mirror (the harder but more worthwile way), use wall decor to bring out the mirror's frame: a string or garland of flowers floating above the mirror or forming to the mirror's shape is a fresh additon to the aesthetic.
DIY mirror wall decor ideas
The DIY route may cost you time, but the money you save in the long run makes it worth it. (Not to mention, DIY-ing is simply fun!) For wall decor, DIYers' favorites include painting an old mirror frame in a fresh coat of a fresh color: trends nowadays include pastels and deep metallics.
How to decorate a mirror frame
Another way to decorate a frame of the mirror withot actually touching or tampering with the frame is to use surrounding wall decor. Incorporating the mirror as a part of a larger art gallery, filled with tapestries, floating shelves, canvas art and photographs, will bring out the finer edges and details of the mirror's frame that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. This idea works well for long hallways and large empty spaces of wall, such as above a couch.
How to decorate a mirror wall
A mirror wall and a wall mirror sound like the same thing, but they, in fact, are not. The former is an entire gallery, while the latter is a single object. Use the former in a home with balanced decor: contrast mirror frames and incorporate both floor decor (a rugs, an accent table) and ceiling decor (a chandelier, a hanging planter) to seal in the entire aesthetic from all sides.
Ways to decorate a mirror
Decorate a mirror through decorative objects. Arrange a matching mirrored vase on a console table, for instance. The space immediately to the right and left of a mirror is also critical for decor, so consider additional hangings such as a wall tapestry, clock and signage.
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More mirror ideas
Other ideas for the home include mirrored walls (in which an entire wall is a mirror, or a mirror acts as an entire wall), mirrored closet doors and outdoor mirrors. (Of these, outdoor mirors are the easiest and least expensive way to incorporate a fresh mirror design; mirrored walls and doors will almost always require several trips to the hardware store and/or in-home consultations.) Try the outdoor mirror: in a shaded area, such as under an awning or patio covering, hang up an indoor mirror on an outdoor wall, for an eclectic, indoors-out feel!
Mirror decoration ideas for living room
The living room, a place of rest, play and (sometimes) eating, should be all about balance. If you want to include mirror decor, go for symmetry; make sure each side of the mirror is balanced out with similar-sized objects, such as two art pieces of the same size. If you want to style the mirror and only the mirror, make sure it's centered – each side should have the same amount of wall space!
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