There was a time when the use of mirrors was restricted only for dressing and make-up purposes. With changing times, mirrors are now widely being used for home decor. In fact, mirrors have now become an indispensable part of home decor. Apart from reflecting light and invigorating your space, mirrors are an excellent way to enhance your home decor They can transform your homes from uninteresting ones to luxurious and comfortable space.
Mirrors can offer an extraordinary appearance and change the ambiance of a room, if used in the right style. One of the many benefits of decorating your home with mirrors is that it has the power to replicate light and brings warmth to your space, making it appear brighter and wider.
Here are a few simple ways to use mirrors for home decor which is the best way to expand your living space in the most affordable manner:
Mirror Decor in the Kitchen
Brighten up your kitchen by adding mirrors to cabinet doors. Traditional mirrored glass on cabinet doors makes a small kitchen appear relatively larger. For kitchens with glass doors, it is best to consider reinstating glass with mirror panels. To give your kitchen a contemporary look, try decorating your kitchen cabinet doors with adhesive mirror tiles.
Using Mirrors for Outdoor Home Decor
Using mirrors for your garden or veranda offers an illusion that the space is much larger than it actually is. If you have a beautiful garden where plants and flowers just hang down, then try placing mirrors adjoining the area. Ensure that a source of light comes in a straight line opposite to the place so that mirrors glitter when the light falls on them.
Embellish Your Bedroom with Mirrors for an Amazing Feel
Using mirrors in your bedroom is crucial because it is the place where you dress each day before going to work. A huge mirror facing your bed or a mirror placed on the door of your cabinet works best for an enlarged space. If your bedroom doesn’t get enough natural light, place mirrors on the wall in the opposite direction of a window. Once darkness sets in, mirrors will give you the affect of brightly lit candles and lamps, which totally transforms the ambiance of your bedroom.
Double your Living Space with Mirror Decor in the Dining Room
For any space you want to naturally enlarge, it is always best to consider mirror decor. The same thing holds true for dining rooms. When utilising mirrors, it is vital to place them rightly for a more enhanced appearance of the room. Placing mirrors a-top the dining room table truly reflects your style. Large mirrors in the dining room generate additional radiance and also create a stylish, yet calm atmosphere.
Decorating your home is simply not enough to make your living space relaxing. You will need to clear out clutter or look out for some best household storage solutions in order to ensure your home appears more spacious and relaxing.
Despite the fact that we are now settling into April, there has been a distinct lack of sunshine so far this year which is doing little to lift our mood. So as we escape the cold bitter weather, what better way to bring the sun indoors than with a sunburst mirror? A beautiful statement piece, they add just the right amount of detail to a room without being show off or garish.
Sunburst (otherwise known as starburst) mirrors are hardly a new concept. In fact, they have quite an interesting history which dates back to King Louis VIX of France who was self-described as the ‘Sun King’, and had a particular affinity for mirrors – he even established Northern Europe’s first mirror and glass factory in St. Gobain, France. Whilst he wasn’t the designer of these ornate mirrors, he was possibly the inspiration. It is believed that the French Revolution in the 18th Century was where they first made an appearance, where according to renowned New York antique dealer Louis Bofferding, “The revolutionaries stormed, shuttered, even destroyed monasteries, convents and churches. Among the loot of the rabble were the gilded aureoles of celestial rays that had haloed representations of the Holy Family and saints on altars,” these pieces were then sold on by French antique dealers who placed mirrors in the gaps, sparking the trend we know today.
Sunburst mirrors are a great way to brighten up a room. They have a cheerful, bright quality that can lighten up even the plainest of décor and are also artistic and beautiful There’s something astronomical about them as well that makes them both modern and traditional and can be striking when combined with other similar decorative themes such as moons and stars.
Sunburst mirrors are more of a decorative piece than a functional wall mirror. The mirrors themselves tend to be small in size in order to let the focus rest on the impressive frame. Saying that, larger styles do exist that makes them look even grander in the home.
Starburst mirrors come in a range of great styles. From more traditional, wisp like rays coming out of frames, to rounder, full sunbeam effect, they are one of the most creative mirror frame styles that make a fantastic feature for walls.
As well as shape, frame type is another area where the sunburst mirror shows diversity. Glass frames give a modern appearance which catch and reflect the light to create stunning effects whilst metallic frames are more traditional and add serious style to a home. Another, more modern, option is a wooden framed sunburst mirror, which has the benefit of being neutral and therefore easily blended with your interior but also has a natural quality that is very popular at the moment.
There’s no denying that starburst mirrors are both an attractive and artistic mirror style. Try one in your home this spring for some instant sunshine by looking at Exclusive Mirror’s beautiful sunburst mirror styles here.
Whilst we are incredibly still in the thick of winter, we are about to move into Sping and hopefully will encounter warmer weather soon (we hope!) and can enjoy being outdoors in the warm sunshine. Sadly for now, we will have to settle for relaxing indoors, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom – incorporate some beautiful floral mirror styles into your home for an on-trend springtime look.
Decorative mirrors with floral style frames are beautifully designed and can bring a touch of class to your home. They can be subtle or grand and are available in a range of finishes for a look that is easy to blend in with your home’s interior whilst also giving it a fresh look. Whilst floral designs tend to have a feminine quality to them, with the right colours and frame style they can also have a more masculine edge – making floral mirrors a versatile investment for your home.
Mirrors with wooden frames which feature floral detailing have a vintage quality to them which makes them perfect for complimenting a more traditional home but can also bring a more unique look to modern interiors. Look out for styles with subtle floral details in metallic finishes for a more authentic look.
Glass mirrors frames have the benefit of featuring more artistic designs, in particular styles with Rococo, Baroque and Venetian influences. They can feature laser cut designs which allow for precise detail which can look striking in the home. Other glass mirror styles can look ‘frameless’ at a distance to create a more open effect on your walls but up close reveal the delicate detail on the framework.
Floral wall mirrors are perfect for spring as they help to create a warm ambience which makes your home feel more relaxed and inviting. Large mirrors are more commanding and draw the focus of the room but as a piece of décor they look chic and designer and give a fresh new look to a room. They look especially striking in the living room, where they can be hung above the mantel or the fireplace for a beautiful look.
In the bedroom, floral detailed frames on dressing table or cheval mirrors add a classic touch which can give your bedroom a more luxurious feel, which is great for blending with existing floral themes in your room or adding a standalone detail which is more understated.
Floral designs aren’t commonplace in the bathroom, but you can incorporate the look by choosing a glass mirror style floral mirror which will be easy to clean and won’t be too distracting for the rest of the décor. Wooden floral styles however can look grand in a bathroom, especially if you have a large space and want to recreate the luxury hotel/country chateau type interior.
Floral mirrors will uplift your mood and add some romantic details to your home this spring. For more fantastic styles, visit Exclusive Mirrors’ selection of large wall mirrors here.
Mirrors aren’t just for princesses to admire themselves in; they are a great way to add an element of décor and functionality to virtually any room in your house. Liven up the overall feel of a room and add an element of surprise with a simple mirror. Although the effects mirrors have on the overall design scheme of a home are positive, they can be one of the hardest home décor items to find. There are many influential factors to consider when you are purchasing a mirror for your home: style, location, size, and décor.
It used to be that mirrors were designed specifically for functionality; they were strictly there in order to look at a reflection of yourself in. However, with the passion of interior design advancing, more and more mirror styles have developed, and the common household mirror has evolved into so much more. Mirrors are now considered to be an art-piece or a statement piece of a home’s focal wall; so why not go with something fun? Experiment with an oval mirror, round mirror, leaner mirror, sunburst mirror, or square mirror. Whatever mirror you decide on, make sure that it portrays your style accurately.
Before you buy a mirror for your home, pick out the area in which you are going to hang your mirror on or the wall you are going to lean it against. If you are redecorating your fireplace, a mirror is great to add above a mantle. Whatever location you choose to place your mirror in, remember to pick a location that enhances the overall feel of the room and if needed, is in a functional area.
It might sound obvious, but many people ignore this step: Always measure the area you are going to place your mirror in. Nothing is worse than having a wrong sized mirror in a place that needs that extra “pop!”
Mirrors are a great way to either add dimension to your room or simply add an element of design to your décor. Typically the larger the mirror, the more dimension it will add to your room, whereas small mirrors are typically used in collections of three; side by side to create a focal point.
Mirrors are a great way to spruce up any room whilst also adding an element of versatility. When looking for the perfect mirror for the room you are redecorating, pick something that you can see a “long term relationship with” or in other words, pick a mirror that you can incorporate into many different décor styles.
However, if you are feeling a little more daring in the home décor department, pick a mirror that is trendy and will add an unexpected element of surprise to your room.
***Trend alert: Try a gold starburst mirror above your hallway console table.
Author Bio: Leslie Mason is a homemaker and garden expert. Leslie enjoys writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up the house. She has experience helping home builders in Utah, Arizona, and Washington with decorating model homes. Leslie currently lives with her husband George in Seattle, Washington.
Window mirrors are becoming increasingly prevalent in the home. From home décor websites to magazines, decorative window mirrors are fast becoming a must have item and can add a touch of style and intrigue to your home. They are versatile and elegant and look great in both small and larger spaces, adding interest and detail to a room in a way that is more unique and creative than simply adding a picture frame.
Opening Small Spaces
There’s no denying that a wall window mirror has many benefits for a smaller home, particularly in apartments which have been converted from larger houses and may not feature as many windows as you’d like. Adding a window mirror might not give you the views of an actual window but can certainly add perspective to a room and give the illusion of more light and space. It’s a simple trick that can make your smaller home feel more spacious and will be worth the investment.
Unique Focal Points for Large Spaces
A decorative wall mirror may appear to be simple but can actually add a lot of interest to a room and give it a unique and on-trend look that gives your home something extra, and will be sure to impress friends and guests. A window mirror with shutters for example looks quaint and elegant and placed above dressing tables, shelving or a chest of drawers provides the perfect place to add flowers or ornaments to create a feature, rather than just being a standalone item.
Use your creativity to create a focal point which is personal and striking and show off your interior decorating flair. As a simple and affordable way to transform a room, you should definitely give it a try this spring.
Decorative window mirrors with the right frame can be charming and elegant, both in contemporary and in more classically designed interiors. A simple white or cream framed window mirror for example, gives a clean, pure touch that whilst looks plain to begin with, once put on a wall can really transform a room.
This mirror style would look especially effective in a kitchen and will be easy to coordinate with your existing colours.
Even small window mirrors can make a style statement. Perfect for adding a finishing touch to a hallway, corridor or bathroom they will be sure to reflect the light and make the space more open. Choose round mirror frames for a simple look or use longer frames if you’ve got a larger space to fill. As there are a number of mirror frame styles available, you can find a window mirror that fits in with your existing décor and colour scheme without having to make a drastic change.
If a stylish window mirror sounds like the perfect piece of décor for you – check out Exclusive Mirror’s complete range here.
Often tucked away into the corner of a room, you may not think that cheval mirrors are anything spectacular, however, the right style and colour can seriously transform the look of the room and add an interesting element that is unique and original and more striking than your typical wall mirror. They are a luxurious item which can be moved around any time, making it a great long term investment.
Cheval mirrors have been around since the 18th Century, so it’s not surprising that there’s something very Jane Austen-esque about a cheval mirror. Far from being stuck in the past though, they are a very versatile item which can add class to a contemporary styled home or help create the look of vintage décor in your home.
Of course, tall cheval mirrors are a stylist’s secret – full length mirror styles give a flattering reflection, which is especially useful when trying to find the perfect outfit for your day, therefore not only will it look great in your room but help you look and feel great too! Not many luxury mirror styles allow you to see your full reflection, so a cheval mirror is a worthy asset to have in your home.
Decorative cheval mirrors are available in a range of great styles and finishes. Metallic cheval mirrors add a chic element and really transform the look of the room, whilst matt colours in neutrals like cream or white can achieve that minimalist glamour feel that looks pure and clean and adds a brightening element to a room.
French style cheval mirrors can feature detailed designs and patterns to create a classic, beautiful look which is great for both the bedroom and other rooms of the house or more modern styles with glass frames are ideal for contemporary décor or those with a minimalist feel.
Cheval mirrors can be positioned in a way so that they reflect the light back into a room and give it a larger, more open feel. With the right styling you can also turn it into a statement feature of your room.
Try old school Hollywood glamour and drape your full length mirror with jewellery or accessories for a stylish boudoir look. They are as much for decoration as they are for being a functional mirror, so it is worth taking some time to pick the right one for your needs.
You will be surprised by the various styles and shapes that are on offer, from round, square or oval cheval mirrors, there are plenty of styles available to suit every need or situation. Simple mirror frame styles for example can look elegant in a corridor or hallway, adding an extra detail to an otherwise bare part of the home.
For dozens of great cheval mirrors in a range of shapes and finishes, check out Exclusive Mirror’s collection here and enjoy browsing this timeless mirror style.
When most people consider decorating their bathroom, they may just be seeing dollar signs floating above their heads, however, it is important to remember that each little improvement you make on your bathroom can dramatically increase the value of your home if you try to sell it in the future, or simply give you the terrific space and accommodations you deserve to enjoy for years and years to come!
Why not get rid of that flat, enormous, glass mirror above the counter and sink that runs from wall to wall. By taking that down, and selecting unique, stylish, and beautiful mirror fixtures to hang above the sink, or on another wall of the bathroom, you can really open up the walls! That wall to wall mirror will date your bathroom, and you’ll be surprised by how more luxurious a bathroom will feel by putting in a beautifully framed mirror. While you may not want to admire yourself with a 360 degree view of nature’s own, instead of having mirrors all around, you can add a splash of color to the walls, or even art pieces that will liven up the room and add a new dimension.
The biggest thing to consider when getting your countertops is not only the design, but also the material. If you skipped on the upgrade to granite countertops when you moved in, you might want to consider upgrading for your fifth or tenth anniversary! Stick to colors that you know will be timeless! Putting in marble countertops will add incredible value to your home, even as it ages and will be a great perk for future buyers if you ever decide to sell. Deciding on the color and material for the countertops will also give you a great base for the rest of the design and direction of your remodeling.
Also, while many couples enjoy having a ‘his and her’ sink in their bathroom, some of us realize that the ‘her’ sink hasn’t been used since moving in. While you’re remodeling your bathroom, consider getting rid of the second sink all together. It will give you plenty of room in your bathroom for other furniture or that jetted tub you’ve always wanted!
Tub or shower, why does it have to be one or the other?
A huge decision when designing or remodeling your bathroom is whether to have a tub, a shower, or if you’re like most of us and can’t decide, you’ll figure out a way to get both in there. Plumbers from Calgary to Cambridge will be more than happy to work with you on a design that will work within your current space to give you exactly what you want.
If your husband loves baths but you’re more of a shower fan, look into getting both for your new bathroom. While your bathroom may be small, there are normally several square feet in a bathroom that aren’t being utilized that can be transformed into your dream bathroom. If you took out that second sink, you’ll certainly have enough room for a luxurious jetted tub as well as a shower. Having the combination will really upgrade the resale value if you ever decide to move on, as well as give you an exciting option each time you want to wash!
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert on all things home improvement, gardening, and home decoration.
They say black goes with everything – but have you ever considered using white as a staple colour? White mirrors in particular are a simple and effective way of updating the look of your home, and have many benefits that make them a great colour choice. Not only do they look clean and polished but white wall mirrors also blend in with virtually all colour schemes, making them a worthwhile investment.
White decorative mirrors are available in a range of styles, from classic Rococo style mirrors with a touch of classic vintage design, to modern Art Deco type mirrors, meaning there are plenty of styles to choose from depending on your personal tastes. They also come in a range of finishes from wood to metal and as lacquered glass frames which are ideal for the bathroom.
There are a whole host of benefits associated with white framed mirrors. They can instantly brighten dark rooms by adding a lightening contrast, which will be sure to make a statement in your home. White mirrors with ornate frames are especially effective at making an impression, ensuring that you get value out of your purchase, rather than having it blend in unnoticed on the wall.
Another benefit of white framed mirrors is that they have a clean and fresh look to them which extends to the rest of the room. Whether on the wall or as a standalone mirror, the bright white frames will give a room a pure look – just make sure that you take the time to clean and polish the mirror, as dust will be more visible on a white frame. This is perhaps most useful in the bathroom, which you would want to look the cleanest, and as most white bathroom mirrors feature painted lacquer frames, they are easy to keep clean and will fare better in the damp environment than wooden mirrors.
In rooms that are lacking in space, a decorative white mirror can open up a space, and make it feel larger, as well as adding light. The bright colour will also draw attention from the parts of the room that you’re less keen on, a perfect decorative distraction.
Looked after properly, white mirrors can be a fantastic decorative piece for your home. They are a great alternative to natural wooden frames or glass framed mirrors and are a very versatile item. As your tastes change and develop over the years, a white mirror will continue to blend in with your interior, guaranteeing longevity and a valuable investment.
Exclusive Mirrors has a wide range of white mirror styles, which can be found here.
Mirrors are a stylish addition to any exterior landscape. Homeowner’s have an array of options when selecting a mirror for their outdoor landscaping desires. An obvious choice is an acrylic mirror equipped with weather resistant materials. Many homeowner’s prefer other mirror styles; however, they will need to weatherproof the mirror before hanging it outside. This step by step tutorial will allow anyone the ability to weatherproof their exterior mirror. This technique will protect an outdoor mirror from rusting or blackening due to prolonged exposure to the elements of nature.
Guided Instructions For Weather Proofing A Mirror:
The first step is to purchase a mirror that will look lovely in your yard, regardless of its ability to withstand the elements.
Find your local hardware or big box store and purchase a mirror edge sealer. This particular type of sealer is also widely available online. A mirror edge sealer safeguards the mirror from turning black. This blackening will occur due to repeated exposure to rain, snow and other weather elements. A mirror edge sealer offers protection from cleaning solutions, salty air and pollution.
Application of the sealant is easily accomplished by almost anyone. The mirror edge sealer will be either clear or yellow when applied. The sealant will dry clear. This form of sealer will also offer protection to the mirror backing. It will halt the retention of moisture and prevent damage from occurring due to other outdoor pollutants.
Select a day with mild temperatures and no precipitation. Locate a suitable outdoor work area to complete the project. The work space needs to be outdoors to provide proper ventilation. Locate a large blanket or tarp to place on the work area. The blanket or tarp needs to be bigger than the mirror. Gently place the mirror on the workspace.
Thoroughly read the directions of the mirror edge sealant. Wear gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes from coming in direct contact with the product. Apply the sealant to the mirror. A wide edge brush will likely be included with your product purchase. Utilize this brush to gently spread the sealer over the edges of the mirror. If the sealer is a spray, hold the can a minimum of six inches away from the mirror and release a steady stream on the edges of the mirror.
The mirror must be allowed to completely dry before completing the project. Allow the mirror to stay on the blanket or tarp for a few hours to ensure it is fully dry before continuing.
Use an old washcloth to clean the surface of the mirror. Wet the washcloth with denatured alcohol to clean any sealant off the surface of the mirror.
The mirror is now ready to hang in the outdoor location of your choice.
This has been a guest post from Mark at Brisbane’s roofing experts. If you require handyman services, check out his directory of services.
Choosing the right frame can be one of the most important factors in choosing a decorative mirror for your home. There are a fantastic range of choices available in both modern and classically designed mirror styles but the majority of mirrors tend to feature wooden or glass frames. It can be difficult to know which one to choose – both types of frames have their advantages and both are available in styles to suit a range of décor types. We take a look at both styles of frames to help you decide which one is right for you.
Glass Framed Mirrors
Glass framed mirrors have a lot of benefits. They look chic and stylish and can add a modern touch to a room. Glass framed mirrors can be cut to a range of different shapes which means they can be great for creating light reflecting effects as well as distinctive art deco mirrors and other kinds of decorative mirrors.
Wall mirrors with glass frames fit into any type of room and this makes them very versatile. With proper maintenance they are easy to clean and will be a long lasting investment. Glass mirrors which use black glass look polished and add an interesting contrast to an already classic mirror style.
Wooden framed mirrors are sophisticated and can look both elegant and vintage which make them a great fit for more classic style interiors, but will also make a fantastic statement in a contemporary style home. They are available in a range of finishes from simple natural wooden styles to metallic colours and tasteful matte styles.
Decorative mirrors with wooden frames can feature intricate designs influenced by French, Venetian and other styles. They make a great focal point in any room and larger versions can make an impressive statement in a room as well as creating the impression of space and light. From simple wooden frames to more detailed mirror designs there are plenty of beautiful styles available and they will make for a long lasting investment accessory pieces of furniture.
Whether you opt for glass mirrors or wooden framed mirrors, it is essential that you ensure they are maintained properly in order to keep them looking their best. Glass mirrors benefit from regular cleaning with window cleaning solutions or specialised mirror cleaning products whilst mirrors with wooden frames can be kept clean with regular dusting and careful cleaning with wooden furniture polish. Decorative mirrors make a fantastic investment and they will remain in your home for years to come with care and maintenance.
Check out Exclusive Mirror’s fantastic Wooden and Glass Mirror sections for some beautiful and affordable home mirror styles.