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How to Choose Mirrors
Mirrors can be a decorator's best friend. They can brighten dark hallways, add functionality to your decor, or dress up plain walls. Both beautiful and useful, mirrors keep you and your home looking pulled together. Because these pieces come in many sizes, shapes, and styles, choosing the right one for you requires some reflection.
Selecting Size & Budget
Mirrors can help you achieve a high-end look on a low-end budget. Large pieces make great focal points, especially when placed prominently on walls above mantles or furniture pieces. However, keep in mind that the larger mirrors are more expensive. While small mirrors are more budget-friendly, a single piece may look a little lonely on a large, empty wall. Stick to pieces about two-thirds the size of any furniture directly below them in order to achieve a proportional look. If your budget is tight with a big space to fill then a pair, row, or cluster of smaller mirrors might finish your wall for less.
Choosing a Style
To pick the right style of mirror, decide whether you're more interested in form or function. For bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways, consider oval or rectangular mirrors. These elongated shapes make it easy to get a clear picture of your face and outfit at the same time. Circular or unusually shaped mirrors are better for decoration, especially when placed across from windows to bring the outdoors inside. Starburst-shaped mirrors work well in vintage-inspired homes, while geometric shapes like triangles or diamonds add quirky accents to minimalist spaces.
Mirrors can also be framed or frameless. Elaborately carved or molded frames create a formal look, while those who want to keep things casual should stick to clean lines and simple designs. For a functional mirror that seems to disappear into the background, try a large, frameless piece.
Picking a Color
When choosing mirrors with colored frames, consider how they will look against the shade of your wall. Picking a contrasting hue will instantly draw attention to your mirror. However, if bright colors aren't your style, create a softer statement by buying a frame that is noticeably lighter or darker than the surrounding decor. Wood-framed mirrors do not have to match other wood pieces in the room. For example, cherry frames pick up the reddish tone of mahogany furniture. When choosing a metal frame, remember that steel and chrome pair nicely, but don't mix well with gold or copper.
Framed mirrors can be sleek and contemporary, gilded and luxurious, or rustic and natural simply based on their materials. Able to be molded into many shapes, plastic is a popular and inexpensive choice for frames, though it is also prone to scratches and chips. Metal and wood provide more durable frame options and come in a variety of stains and colors.