Decorative mirrors make spaces appear larger, create warmth, reflect light and add interest. The right style of decorative mirror on a wall can transform a space, reflecting items and accentuating them in a unique way.
Shape, Size and Style
Decorative mirrors come in all sizes, styles and shapes. You should consider the effect the shape of a decorative mirror might have on a space. Square and rectangular decorative mirrors are the most common but choosing one in an unusual shape can bring attention to a wall, even if the mirror is small.
Oval or circular decorative mirror are a simple way to give a striking effect. Often decorative mirrors look best when centred on a wall as the focus of a room. Perhaps you want a uniform look or to draw attention to height or length of a room; these are important aesthetics to decide upon.
Similarly, the size of a decorative mirror has an impact. Something small on a large wall will be lost so choose the size of decorative mirror that is appropriate for the space available. With a decorative mirror, you are making a statement whether it is being the focal point of a large wall or to accent a smaller wall elsewhere.
The style of the frame on a decorative mirror is very important. The less ornamentation they have, the more they blend into a room. Sculptural frames act as pieces of art; ornate, gilt frames portray a traditional look; while those made with unusual materials or distressed looks are more suitable for a modern interior.
Choose a simple thin frame for a modern, streamlined look. The colour of a decorative mirror's frame needs to work with the rest of the style of the room. Gilded metals often fit a more formal décor better than a plain tone of frame. A darker or lighter frame to the colour of a wall creates a natural contrast.