How to Make a Style Statement With Mirrors, Whatever Your Budget

The mirrors are wonderful. Whether it’s checking your look, making a room bigger or lighting up an entire space, they are truly essential around the home.

“More than ever, shoppers are adorning their walls with quirky mirrors that bring light and space into their homes,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, Trend Expert for the Etsy Online Marketplace (etsy.com).

“Embodying both form and function, statement mirrors allow shoppers to express their creativity,” says Johnson, “while upping their selfie games.”

She says asymmetrical mirrors are particularly on the rise as buyers look to add a touch of personality to their spaces. Think freeform shapes, distorted angles, and bean shapes that come back to you.

As Lucy Mather, interiors expert at luxury home and interiors retailer Arighi Bianchi says, “Mirrors are an interior designer‘s secret weapon, and sometimes it’s easy for homeowners to forget. the impact that a well-placed mirror can have – both from a design and functional perspective.

Here’s how to bounce the light, frame that furniture, and show your best side…

Think about what you want to see in the mirror

“One of the most crucial considerations you need to make when incorporating a statement mirror into your design is what you want it to reflect,” says Mather.

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“It could bring in more natural light and greenery – in which case, you should hang your mirror opposite or next to a window,” suggests Mather. “Or, you might want to give an extra dimension to a design element in your space.”

For example, she says a mirror hanging over the fireplace opposite your sofa will reflect the space behind you that you don’t see when seated.

“If you have artwork or a statement wall, it will reflect that to you,” observes Mather. “Make it visible, even when you have your back to it.”

Consider visual illusions

Mather says the same rule can be applied to add texture to a space.

“A mirror that mirrors rustic furniture, touch cushions or a throw, will create the illusion of added texture, creating interesting spatial illusions and reflecting your design details in the room.

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“Meanwhile, placing a mirror in an entertainment space will make your dinners and parties look bigger than they really are,” suggests Mather.

Not only will a well-placed mirror make your room look bigger, lighter and more interesting, as Mather points out, but they are also works of art in their own right: “From large angled mirrors to small mirrored accessories, consider what role they should play as part of your design aesthetic.

Brendon Haxby, co-founder of luxury homewares online retailer, Naken, agrees: “Mirrors are one of the most versatile tools a homeowner has in their arsenal. Not only are they a practical addition to any home, but choose wisely and they make a real style statement too.

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“It’s about finding the perfect placement,” says Haxby. “Hang wisely and a mirror will not only make a space seem larger, but it can also spotlight your favorite pieces of furniture, capturing them from every angle and allowing them to take center stage.”

“And let’s not forget that a well-placed mirror will also help maximize natural light in the home,” he adds.

Consider how to maximize those moments with the perfect selfie prop

“Again, a key thing to consider when using your mirror to take a selfie, is what else will be included in the photo?” Mather notes. “What does your mirror send back to you? »

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If you’re using a full-length mirror to take selfies, she says you might spend more time arranging your background than taking the photo itself.

“Make sure anything you don’t want to show is removed from the shot,” advises Mather. “If you regularly take photos, hang it in an aesthetically pleasing position or consider a tilted mirror that you could move around a room.

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If you’re using a mirror to take pictures of your head and shoulders, Mather says you might want to choose something with a statement frame, which adds to the overall impact of the piece.

“You might also want to arrange some items or accessories in front of the mirror, to add a bit of interest and a touch of design.”

The more mirrors the better

For maximum impact, why not consider a wall of mirrors?

Especially if you’ve collected a few over the years or have flea market finds gathering dust.

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Jenna Choate, co-founder of Interior Fox, says the grouping of mirrors creates a feeling of more space and allows light to bounce around the room. “Using mirrors of varying sizes will enhance the scheme and create a focal point in the room,” says Choate.

“This technique works especially well on large open walls like the living room, a narrow hallway, or above a table,” she continues. “Choose a mirror that echoes the aesthetic of the room, for example, a sleek metal frame works well in a more modern home, while a light wood frame would suit a Scandi scheme or a rustic style for a more traditional house.”

When hanging the mirror, Choate says proportion is key. “Leave enough distance between the ceiling and the furniture, and if there is a grouping, there must be an equal space between each mirror.”

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