A mirror is not only a necessary item in the hallway with functions, but also a decoration. A correctly selected mirror can give a special charm to a room, and it can also visually enlarge a small space and convey bright saturated shades of walls, furniture, ceilings, flooring.
Features of the
Mirrors in living quarters have a large number of purposes and features. The most important and direct purpose of a mirror is, of course, reflection. People are always picky about their appearance, and a mirrored piece of furniture helps to notice and correct the image in time. In addition, the mirror can expand the space, create a visual volume, correct minor and significant flaws in the environment, become a bright accent in the interior and even change the color palette.
Competently similar models in a frame or baguette give airiness, lightness and sophistication, and the corridor, made in white or cream color, becomes even cleaner and lighter. If the rays of the sun fall from the rooms on the mirror in the hallway, then the room will be illuminated with soft and transparent natural light. Mirrored interior items along the entire length of the wall never weigh down the image of the hallway.
A large number of configurations and locations of the mirror allows you to give the room a peculiar and unique look.
Modern mirrors have a fairly large assortment for every taste and are divided by shapes, sizes and frame materials.… They are also of the following types:
Outdoor. Interior items that are always framed and stand on various stable stands. They are quite mobile, they can be regularly moved from place to place and even hidden in a closet if necessary. Such interior items are used both in large rooms and in small ones
Tabletop. Mirrors that are placed on the surface of the table, cabinets with drawers, cupboards, corner hallways. They are rather inconvenient and small for the hall. They are mainly used in conjunction with large models
Wall mounted. Such mirrors can be with a designer or regular frame, as well as do without it. Mirrored interior items for the hallway are produced with shelves, hooks and other various additions. They can be both vertical and horizontal. With a shortage of free space in the hall, many install horizontal wall mirrors, which, in addition to the main function, also increase the wall on which they hang, but also noticeably reduce the height of the ceiling
Included in furniture designs. Most often, a mirror surface is built into cabinet doors and has all the same functions and features as a floor, table or wall object
Today you can buy a mirror of absolutely any shape, which plays an important role in appearance. The most popular in the world of design are interior items with a square or rectangular shape.
If the hallway is made in an original style, it is recommended to pay attention to irregular and non-standard forms of mirrors that will complement and decorate the interior, for example, a "wave", "star" or a model in the shape of a porthole.
An interesting option is considered to be a round or oval shape.With a certain frame and design, such items will create the effect of windows, which are so lacking in most hallways.
Today, in any specialized workshop, you can order an individual item for every taste, geometric shape and wallet. For example, mirrors in the form of a cloud, an eight, a silhouette of a man or a couple in love can become beautiful and original decorations in the hall. It is worth noting that the more complex and intricate the shape of the mirror, the simpler and more concise the frame should be.
The size of the mirrors must be selected depending on the area of the hallway, and it is also worth relying on the amount of furniture in the hall. Indeed, for example, in a cluttered room it is very difficult to fit a volumetric mirror. The classic option can be considered a large vertical mirror, which occupies a separate free wall. Similar options are used in spacious hallways with high ceilings.
If the hall has a low ceiling, then a mirrored piece of interior will depress the space even more.
Small wall mirrors perform the same function as massive ones, but do not clutter up small rooms. The main thing is that they are in full growth. The minimum standard dimensions for a mirror in the hallway are considered to be 30 * 40 cm. In them you can see only the upper part of the body to the chest, but they fit well into any interior. Miniature models are almost always made in an original frame, with lighting and additional elements. Interior items with dimensions of 40 * 60 cm allow you to see the body up to the waist, and with a size of 60 * 120 cm you can already see a person in full growth.
You can choose absolutely any material for framing the mirror, based on the design of the corridor, your own taste and preferences. Frames can be either a familiar design made of wood, high-quality plastic or metal, or a unique one, made of expensive fabric, stucco, mosaics and other things.
A functional decor item must necessarily harmoniously fit into any style of the room, therefore, before choosing a mirror, you need to pay attention to the design of the hallway. Frame shades should be purchased such that harmoniously combine with furniture and hall accessories:
Classic style. The ideal option would be mirrors in three-dimensional frames made of wood or metal. You can choose gilding or original forged models with twisted patterns
High tech. An interior item can be in a plastic or metal frame without pretentiousness, drawings and decor
Modern. A simple-shaped mirror without any frame is suitable for this style
Country style. You can pick up a small decorative mirror in an unusual volumetric wood frame. It is best if the shape of the frame is special, for example, in the form of sun rays
Retro. Probably the best option for retro style would be a mirror object with a patina or with an old frame. You can also take a closer look at forged frames
For an avant-garde interior, black or steel frames are best
Ecostyle. An unusual option for eco-style will be a frame made of bamboo branches
An asymmetric oval mirror or with wavy lines will fit into the modern design of the hallway
How to choose?
In many hallways there is little free space, the entrance door is inconveniently located, a lot of furniture and necessary interior items, poor lighting. As a rule, in such rooms there is often no space left for installing a mirror. But all these problems can be easily solved if you choose the right model. Today very often people resort to the help of specialists in the choice of furniture, interior items and accessories.
If for some reason this is not possible, then the mirror can be purchased in the store or ordered from the workshop yourself.Given the color scheme of the hallway, the size and its style, it will not be difficult.
In addition, recently, mini-hallways, dressing tables or trellises have become very common, in which there are already mirrors ideally suited to the style of furniture. Mirrored interior items can be made with various additions, for example, with a cabinet for small things, with a shoe rack, with a hanger and hooks for clothes and accessories, with a facet.
A well-chosen mirror can smooth out overly bright and defiant walls. To do this, you need to hang the piece of furniture on the side you want to muffle. In any case, a competent and responsible approach can solve any issue. For example, a mirror in a baguette, which is mounted on a wall or dressing table, looks quite stylish, expands the space and does not take up much space. Plus, these things are relatively inexpensive.
How to hang correctly?
In order for the mirror to perform all its functions and become an interior decoration, it is necessary to choose its location correctly. The main thing when installing a mirror is to have enough space in front of it so that you can freely walk up, dress and look at your own reflection. Experts do not recommend hanging a mirror in front of the door. It is best to install the piece of furniture on a wall perpendicular to the entrance opening. An exception may be a hall that is too small with a narrow corridor. If in the hallway there is such a luxury as a window, then it is recommended to place the mirror in front of it. In this case, the hall will be much brighter.
After choosing the optimal location, you should proceed with the installation. If the mirror has hinges or metal hooks on the back, then you need to drive suitable fasteners into the wall and hang the piece of furniture.
A light small mirror can be installed on any smooth surface using a special tool: "liquid nails" for mirrors.
In the modern world, homemade interior items are very much appreciated. Frames for mirrors are no exception and, with skill, can become a real masterpiece. A self-designed frame has many advantages: unlimited choice of size, pattern, pattern, design, texture and material. You can decorate the piece of furniture in such a way that it perfectly matches the decor of the hallway. Ideas can be completely different, which depend directly on desire and imagination, but the main rule for decorating is do not overdo it.
In order to decorate and decorate the frame, it is best to use one type of material. Otherwise, there may be difficulties with connection, incompatibility of structures, weight and poor appearance.
There are almost never windows with natural light in the hallway, so various lamps are needed to equip the room. This is especially true for the correct functioning of the mirrors.
It is considered ideal when there are several different electrical appliances in the hall, and one or two of them should be located directly next to the mirror. In the hallway, you can use any lamp, but it is worth considering that all devices correspond to the area of the room and its style.
In most cases it is recommended to use the backlight in the following forms:
- Recessed spotlights that are mounted on the surface of mirrors. This light does not dazzle the eyes and does not require an electrical outlet. Most often, models with built-in lamps have a beautiful and stylish decor that gives the space a kind of magic, like candles.
- Sconces located on the sides of the mirror or above it. Such artificial lighting is considered soft, warm and diffused, gives the hallway coziness and makes it more spacious.
- Floor lamp when there is a lot of free space.
- Swivel spots that can be directed to the mirror as conveniently.
- LED strips. Basically, they only have a decorative function and can decorate any mirror. The belts are quite easy to install, economical in energy consumption and, if used correctly, are considered durable.
It is important to note that with the right choice of lighting items, you can not only make the hallway bright and light, but also get rid of many of the room's imperfections. For example, if you install a sconce in front of a mirror, then thanks to the reflective rays, the room will appear wider and more iridescent.
Feng Shui in the interior of the corridor pays special attention to the mirrors, and this is not surprising. After all, if you believe the eastern practice, everything that is reflected in the mirrors, then multiplies in a person's life. Sages recommend placing round mirrors in the hallway, which retain positive energy and do not let it out outside the apartment.
In addition, the circle is considered a symbol of harmony and peace of mind. But a bedside table with a built-in mirror or a console, on the contrary, can bring bad energy into a person's life. It is best to use small shelves for storing small items instead of dressers and other massive items.
According to the laws of feng shui, mirrors cannot be placed immediately opposite the front door, as well as opposite each other, creating a long mirrored corridor. This is because such dispositions attract trouble, absorb positive energy, and banish well-being and happiness.
There is also a contradictory opinion that the mirror, which is located immediately opposite the door, reflects negative external energy and does not let it into the house.
The mirror is one of the most mysterious objects, causing a huge amount of controversy and reasoning. A superstitious person always attaches special importance to him. Today there are a large number of different signs associated with mirrors in the house, but whether it is worth blindly believing in such signs or considering everything a fiction, each person decides for himself:
- According to legends, the most successful place in the hallway for a large mirror is the wall opposite the front door. This arrangement collects the energy entering the apartment or house and increases well-being.
- When two mirrors are installed opposite each other, rivalry is created, which negatively affects a person. He has fatigue, lethargy, emptiness, powerlessness. In addition, such a mirrored corridor is capable of invoking evil spirits into the real world.
In addition to location, there are general signs regarding mirrors. For example, if a piece of furniture is stained, then you should immediately get rid of it and buy a new one. Superstitious people regard sudden, indelible spots as a sign that a large amount of negative energy has accumulated in the mirror. In order not to accumulate negative energy and get rid of previous reflections, it is recommended to regularly wipe the mirror.
It is also not advised to let strangers look in the mirror, especially women, as in this way they can "steal" well-being and beauty.
Different mirrors are suitable for each case, in harmony with the environment:
Stylish mirrors can be installed in the large and spacious hallway. Such objects will show a person at full height and further increase the area. It is worth noting that wall mirrors can be hung in such a way that the person looking at them will seem more proportional. To do this, it is necessary to install the mirror so that its upper half is farther from the surface than the lower one
For an elongated and narrow hallway, designers are also advised to look closely at the mirrors on the entire wall.It is worth noting that such a piece of furniture requires laborious daily care, otherwise it will lose all its functions and original appearance
Recently, a mirror finish is considered an actual option. For example, it can be wall tiles with a reflective surface that are staggered with conventional material, or ceiling mirror panels that serve as a decorative function. An original option for the corridor will be an ornament of mirrors of various types and sizes, but made in the same style. The main thing is to choose the right electric lighting and decor
You can also make bold designs and place mirrored surfaces on multiple walls. In this case, you need to know when to stop, otherwise, instead of an original and functional room, you will get a looking glass with a lot of reflections
It also happens that several styles are combined in the hallway. In this case, in order not to miscalculate, you can choose extravagant and unique products. In addition, it is worth paying special attention to the decoration of the entrance door, which should be at least minimally combined with the mirror
Models of mirrors, suspended from strong ropes, look quite original and resemble works of art in museums
In a spacious and bright room, a piece of furniture in a mirror frame will be an excellent option, and a voluminous wooden frame can add even more solidity to the rich interior of the hall
Any mirror that has been lovingly created with your own hands or that you have chosen responsibly will decorate the hall and make the interior unique.
For information on how to make a backlit mirror with your own hands, see the next video.