Mirrors offer a cost-effective way to dress up empty wall spaces. You can maximize any space with a simple mirror. They can also be moved around easily. Mirrors are like portable windows that can be re-arranged with your heart’s whims. Anyone can master mirror decorating principles, as discussed in our blog post this summer: Decorating with Mirrors Reflects Your Cutting Edge Style. Today, we add decorating principles on #3 of that post – using mirrors to create a fresh focal point of a room.
When placing a mirror so that it is the focal point of a room, use these guidelines:
- Hang smaller mirrors over larger pieces of furniture. By hanging a small mirror over a portion of the existing focal point in your room (the seating, the bed, etc.), it seems less overwhelming. New York City-based 3F Living shows an example in their interior design portfolio of beautiful use of a large mirror as a focal point of a living room. This mirror use opens up the room, making it feel larger, and reflects the natural light.
- Large mirrors are the most dramatic focal points. You can hang a large mirror over a small seating area, such as a reading chair that is an existing focal point of a room. This way, your eyes are drawn to the mirror, providing a sense of structure to the room while still being whimsical with the reflection. It will also seem less cluttered on the walls. Long, rectangular mirrors can easily be hung over a sofa of any size.
- The best way to find your perfect decor is to try it on. I will rearrange to try some new things, feel it out for a few days, and change it if I am still unsure. If I find a piece I love, I’ll purchase it, knowing that if it doesn’t work in one place, it will inspire decor in another.
- Experiment with variety! You can hang multiple small mirrors in different layouts and formations over the sofa to add a chic modern feel that no one else will have. Experiment with the number of mirrors hung, as well. If you already have a number of pictures and other decor on the walls of the room, use a single mirror with as simple shape.