VintageVibe’s Top 5 Mirror tips
Mirrors are a fantastic addition to your home. They can create the illusion of space and reflect light into your room. Here are VintageVibe’s top five mirror tips for choosing and hanging a mirror to get the most out of your space.
In a smaller home it can seem a bit daunting to buy a large mirror, and it is a common misconception that a large mirror will look ‘too big’ for your room. The entire opposite is true, and VintageVibe recommends hanging a large mirror in any size room to create the illusion of space by reflecting light. Use a large, full-length mirror in entrance ways to instantly give a sense of space. This works most effectively when the mirror is placed on a wall or walls that the eye looks at first. For a dramatic effect hang our large Warwick mirror in your entrance hall.
Think about colour and shape when choosing a mirror for your home. Cream or white mirrors are fantastic in smaller rooms to create the illusion of space; they will look gorgeous in the bedroom to create a crisp bright feel. Gold or silver mirrors add a touch of opulence, the shimmery metallic frames reflect the light and create a feature. A heart mirror will add a touch of romance to your bedroom and looks gorgeous over a chest of drawers or dressing table. A long and thin mirror can be hung portrait in the bedroom, or hung landscape over a sideboard in your sitting room. Try creating a wall arrangement using mirrors of different sizes. Each mirror will reflect light and color, increasing the room’s apparent size.
Location Location Location
Where you place your mirror is as important as the mirror you choose. Think about the view your mirrors are reflecting; arrange them so that they reflect clear, uncluttered parts of the room to create the illusion of space. Use mirrors to draw attention to a space-enhancing feature such as a deep set fireplace or quirky piece of furniture. If you have a favorite piece of artwork in your room, try placing a large mirror opposite to it. This reflects the artwork into the room so you’ll be able to see it from more angles. Place a mirror on the wall that is opposite to the window to reflect incoming light and brighten the room. In a dark room, perhaps with small or no windows, place a bright lamp near you mirror to assist with the spread of light. Place a floor or table lamp close by to your mirror, to beautifully diffuse light through your room.
You don’t always have to hang your mirror, why not try a leaner mirror? Narrow spaces get an elongated and open look with the addition of a leaner mirror. The main reason we love leaner mirrors is because of the ease and simplicity of installation; just find the right spot, adjust the angle and hey presto! “I’ve leaned a massive, over-scale mirror against the wall of my bedroom, as I do in so many houses. It’s also more casual and interesting to lean something than to hang it. Once a mirror is hung, it’s isolated on the wall. But when it leans, the floor runs right into the glass.” Vicente Wolf, Interior Designer. We love our shabby chic leaner, it will look fantastic in your bedroom!
Take it outside
Mirrors hung outside can be an quirky feature in your garden and be used to reflect light and space in an interesting way. Hang a bird cage mirror on your garden wall and grow climbing plants, such as clematis ivy or honey suckle, around it to create a pretty effect. Wall mounted mirrors can trick the viewer into thinking it’s a peek into another garden. Try hanging the wrought iron mirror at the end of your garden, it looks fantastic amongst trees and bushes to reflect the greenery.