The days when a mirror was considered an attribute of luxury are long gone. Today it is an essential attribute of any interior. Nevertheless, although this piece of furniture is used very often, it is safe to say that only the correct location and a well-chosen frame will allow you to decorate the interior, expand the space and bring additional light into the house.
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An unsuccessful arrangement of this piece of furniture can even worsen a person's well-being, because it is no coincidence that in the tradition of Feng Shui, a mirror surface is given special attention as an object that can carry both positive and negative energy. So, it is not customary to place even a small mirror in the hallway in front of the front door, and in the bedroom it is undesirable to see the reflection of the bed. It is good if in the dining room it reflects the dining table. It is better not to keep all mirrored objects with cracks and chips at home, so that there are no “cracks” in family life.
One of the main tasks of mirrors in small city apartments is to visually expand the space. In a narrow hallway, place a large and wide mirror sheet on the wall, and if the bathroom and toilet doors open into the hallway, then you can consider using doors with mirrored elements.
The short hallway will immediately become larger and longer thanks to the mirror placed directly on the front door.
Being able to see yourself in the bathroom is a necessity, not a luxury, so a bathroom mirror should be a must. The space of a small bathroom will be visually enlarged by two mirrors located opposite each other (for example, above the sink and on the door). If you attach special small lamps-lamps to them, then you will be surprised by the abundance of light spots, as if iridescent, winking with each other.
A beautiful mirror in a wooden frame will brighten up any living room or dining room. Interestingly, a simple wooden frame in a natural color will suit any interior. It will not be superfluous either in the atmosphere of an antique salon or in a high-tech space.
If you want to see bizarre shapes or special decor on the frame, then you should think about whether this item will fit the general style of the interior of the room and the house as a whole. Wood is a versatile material that abounds in various textures and shades.
The use of reflective surfaces in your home is perhaps limited only by your imagination, but it's still important not to overdo it. You shouldn't turn a cozy house into a “mirror palace”.
That is why you should pay attention to the following tips:
- consider the type of room for which you are choosing a mirror;
- remember the style of the interior;
- a mirror should not only decorate, but also solve practical problems: reflect objects with high quality, have a thoughtful size, and so on;
- the frame must be moisture resistant, as you will have to take care of it using various means;
- the mirror must be durable, so choose items with silver amalgam. This is a special surface covered with a protective layer. Such an item will last a long time even with constant humidity;
- the size depends on what is more important for you - reflection or decorativeness. So, many women prefer to apply makeup in front of a small mirror on the dressing table, which is convenient to approach;
- The most universal is considered to be a round mirror. It is suitable for both classic and modern home interiors;
- the size of the mirror located in the bathroom above the sink is usually related to its width, with the ideal location assuming they are the same width.
Styles and shapes
The frame of the mirror determines the style to which it can be attributed. Wooden frames of rectangular or oval shape, preserving the natural texture and color of wood, can successfully decorate any interior: from strict classics to modern loft or boho styles. Choosing a versatile option in a simple wooden frame both in the bedroom and in the living room, you are practically insured against mistakes. If this option seems boring to you, you should pay attention to the more artsy variations.
If there is antique furniture in the setting of your home, then the choice of mirror framing should be approached extremely responsibly. The style of the mirror frame should match the style of the furniture: baroque curls and flowers will seem superfluous in a strict classic interior.
If the furnishings presuppose a luxurious finish: stucco molding, gilding, expensive fabrics, then a wooden frame with a strict ornament will "fall out" from the overall picture.
You can also find an antique mirror that suits you in an antique store. The range of mirrors in such establishments is quite large. It's okay if there are scratches and minor damage on the frame. A skilled craftsman will even put in order a carved antique wooden product. You can also purchase only an old frame, and order the necessary mirror in a workshop or buy a construction supermarket.
The classic interior "loves" symmetry and large shapes, so it will be great if two large mirrors are placed opposite each other in the room. This technique, allowing to enlarge the space and "open the mirror gallery", was often used in palace interiors. The color of the wood frame depends on the color of the furniture in the room. English and Russian classic furniture is most often dark brown and even reddish.
Italian classics involve the use of light furniture, so choose mirrors in frames painted in white, milky or ivory.
A sample in a white frame is also suitable for a Provence style interior. By the way, you can paint old and unused frames with light paint, giving them a second life. The Provence style even welcomes artificially aged things, so minor flaws in self-painting will be taken for granted.
Wood is combined with metal and glass interior items, so the classic version in a simple wooden frame can be present in both urban and loft styles. Such an item will add warmth and comfort to a room full of chrome sheen and shiny smooth surfaces.
Which mirror is better to use: rectangular, round or oval, will tell you the size and shape of the room. A round mirror is more suitable for small spaces such as kitchen, bathroom, small bedroom. An oval mirror will allow you to visually "stretch" the surface on which it is located. So, an oval wall mirror is suitable for rooms with low ceilings.
Oval or rectangular floor mirrors, as well as mirrors on a special stand, designers recommend using only on a large area. They take up a lot of space. In all other cases, mirrors should be suspended, even if they occupy wall space from floor to ceiling. Rectangular mirrors are versatile. They will be appropriate in any room. The only condition is this: the larger the room, the larger the mirror should be. Small mirrors in large rooms are appropriate exclusively as part of furniture decoration.
How to choose?
It is necessary to choose a mirror, focusing on a specific room. So, a mirror in the hallway is a must.In order for it to turn from an ordinary functional element of the interior into an element of room design, it is worth considering the possibility of combining it with shelves, lamps or a wardrobe. There is usually little space in the hallway, and if the mirror is correctly positioned in it, then it will be possible to visually enlarge the room. It is possible to place a mirror on the front door, which will visually enlarge a small hallway. In this case, be especially careful about securing it.
Despite the fact that the philosophy of Feng Shui does not recommend placing any reflective surfaces in the bedroom, modern bedrooms rarely do without this element of the interior. With the advice of professionals, you can easily choose what suits you best.
It is desirable that the sleeping person is not reflected in the mirror. According to most designers, a mirrored ceiling in the bedroom is an overkill. He will not allow you to relax and unwind, and this is precisely what the bedroom exists for.
You can put a dressing table in the bedroom, a floor mirror on a stand in the corner of the room. Mirror wall decoration at the head of the bed is also quite appropriate, especially if the room is small. A small mirror in the bedroom can be placed in the wardrobe doors. It will be quite enough to put yourself in order. There are no special rules for mirrors in the living room. The main thing is that they match the general style of the room.
There is another type of room for which choosing a mirror is not an easy process. These are, of course, bath mirrors. Such an object should not be afraid of moisture, and it is better to make a frame of wood. A wooden frame is the most environmentally friendly and economical option, because it is not afraid of temperature changes, does not emit any odors when heated, and does not deform.
It is preferable to choose a small wall mirror with an unpainted wooden frame.
How to arrange?
Most often, people are faced with the question of which location to choose. You can position the reflective surface straight, or you can tilt it. Inclined arrangement - a special position of the mirror, when the bottom is firmly pressed against the wall, and the top moves away from the wall for a certain distance.
Designers say that a rectangle that is elongated upwards is best for a slanted position. The style of the interior can be different, but most often this technique, which allows you to see the situation in a room from a different angle, is used in a classic interior.
If there are two or more large mirrors in the room, then their location should be selected according to the laws of symmetry: opposite each other, in openings between windows at the same distance, between arches or columns at the same distance, and so on.
Fastening the frame to the wall is usually done with special fasteners already available on the mirror frame. If they are not available in any hardware store, you will be helped to choose special hinges and suitable self-tapping screws. For heavy large frames, special metal plates with several holes for self-tapping screws are used.
Beautiful examples in the interior
Below are beautiful examples of wood framed mirrors in the interior.
- An original piece of furniture always attracts attention. An alternative to classic wooden frames is a frame made of solid pieces of wood or their trunk cuts, carefully sawn and sanded.
- A tabletop mirror on a dressing table can look very elegant. This mirror is enough for a bedroom.
- The mirror surface, stretched not vertically, but horizontally, looks interesting. Designers like to use such a wide "mirror strip" when decorating a bathroom. It will visually enlarge even a very small space.
- A window reflected in the mirrored surface is another opportunity to make the space larger, wider and more airy.
- The modern possibilities of the department allow the use of mirror surfaces of original shapes, even mirror mosaics. Here the main function will, of course, not be reflective, but aesthetic.
In this video you will find a master class on how to make a wooden frame for a mirror.