Many of the items we fill our homes serve more of a functional purpose, while we choose others solely for their fashionable qualities. Then, there are some items, such as mirrors, which tick both boxes.
And as such, a home really wouldn’t be a home without a selection of perfectly-positioned mirrors.
We rely on mirrors to check our appearance and keep ourselves groomed and gorgeous. Whatever your plans for the day, a mirror-check ensures that you look as good as you feel, giving you the confidence to take on the day ahead.
But, mirrors provide us with more than just a reflection. They can also be stunning design items, used to create the illusion of more space. With a touch of creativity, mirrors can even take center stage as a focal point in your home.
Here are some of this year’s hottest trends in decorative mirrors.
A Frame Within a Frame
Large oversized mirrors with decorative frames look great placed on top of a living room mantle.
But, for an even more unique look, why not create a center piece with your mirror by leaning an empty picture frame on top of it?
Propping a decorate frame against your stylish mirror draws the eyes in more, thanks to the visual illusion created by a frame within a frame.
Leaning Floor Mirror
There’s no better way to let an oversized mirror do all the talking than by standing it on the floor like a piece of furniture in its own right.
As well as making a bold statement, a large mirror helps create the illusion of extra space and more light. Plus, it’s an ingenious way to bring fresh purpose to a forgotten corner of a bedroom or living room.
An added bonus of Scandi-style leaning mirrors and pictures is that you can easily change their positions if you switch your decor around.
Next to a Window
Like mirrors, windows are a functional part of your home which can also be seen as a source of decorative inspiration.
By placing a mirror on a wall that sits at a 90-degree angle next to a window, you create the effect of another window. This reflection enhances the natural light and creates the feel of extra space, so this is a great trick for smaller rooms.
Plus, this positioning multiplies the views your window lets into the room, allowing you to appreciate them from different angles.
Antique Mirrored Wall Panels
For a large dose of old-school glamour, a wall of mirrored mercury-glass panels is the perfect addition to a sophisticated lounge or bar area.
The antique effect of the glass creates an intimate feel that reflects back the room, but with an after-hours glow. Add a plush velvet sofa and low tables to create the perfect space for relaxed and elegant entertaining.
Decorative wall mirrors are a great addition for cozy living rooms and welcoming hallways.
But, for an almost magical effect, a great tip is to place a mirror behind a light source. This light source could be an oversized candle in a decorative holder placed on a hall table or a free-standing lamp in the bedroom or living room.
This layering helps to maximize the light’s reach, enhancing the warmth of your home and creating an effect that’s almost magical.
Bathroom Mirror Wall
Bathroom mirrors are a must for taking off your makeup, shaving and cleaning your teeth. Which is why almost all bathrooms have a mirror above the wash basin for performing these daily grooming rituals.
A bathroom mirror wall, however, makes a far more unique statement. Especially if it’s placed behind a free-standing bathtub.
Showers are convenient, but there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in the tub with a glass of wine. And, bringing a mirrored wall into the equation is sure to add some serious glamour to bath time.
Alternatively, large framed bathroom mirrors are also becoming increasingly popular. While most bathroom mirrors are often quite plain, a decorative frame allows you to make it a real feature. And, since bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in most homes, this is a great way to create extra space.
As well as offering a source of decorative inspiration, mirrors can also help to break up the striking effect of a boldly colored or wallpapered wall.
Placing a mirror on a patterned or colorful wall provides a kind of visual breather that stops a busy display from becoming overwhelming.
Similarly, a mirror makes a great addition to a bright accent wall. By reflecting the plain-colored walls opposite and to the side, the mirror will help to cut through the block of color.
We’ve had mirrors behind free-standing tubs and light sources, but layering mirrors behind furniture is also a hot decorating trend right now.
This look works well in tight spaces as it helps give nooks and corners new purpose. Just make sure to choose a mirror that’s the same width as your furniture so that the effect looks streamlined and intentional.
Consoles in entryways look great placed in front of a mirror for a warm and welcoming effect. Plus, a mirror in your hall gives you a chance to check your appearance before you dash out.
The Hottest Trends in Decorative Mirrors
Whether you go for a bold statement frame or oversized and free-standing, decorative mirrors are an endless source of interior inspiration.
And, by carefully choosing the appropriate mirror style and getting the positioning just right, you can be sure of a stunning visual effect.