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Paintings and wall art are always an important part of furnishing a home. Don’t forget, though, that wall mirrors make a great substitute for that empty space you’ve been pondering in your living room, foyer, or bedroom. From farmhouse and modern to boho, there are an endless array of wall mirror styles to elevate your space.
Mirrors are also a smart way to maximize natural lighting and even make your space seem larger. Some even with come built-in shelves for easy storage, while others are designed strictly for decorative purposes. “For wall mirror furnishings, I recommend clean lines and a muted color palette to create a mid-century modern look,” says Cameron Watt, co-owner of Acre Resort.
Here, the best wall mirrors to open up and brighten your room.
Overall, we recommend the Amina Round Accent Mirror (view at Joss & Main) for its versatility, simplicity, and comparatively budget-friendly price. If you’re looking for something under $100, we recommend the Carson Leather Strap Mirror (view at Urban Outfitters), which has a statement-making leather strap.
Wall mirrors come in practically every shape, although the most common varieties are rectangular and round. If you’re looking for something different, do a little digging and you’ll find various shapes, including sunburst, oval, square, blob, and even heart. Choosing the best shape depends on the size of your room and the type of impact you’re trying to make.
Mirrors come in an array of different finishes, including wood, aluminum, glass, bronze, rattan, and copper. Depending on your style, you might choose a bronze or wood frame for a room with mid-century touches, while a lucite or gold frame might fit better in a more contemporary space. There has been a recent resurgence in boho-inspired rattan mirrors, so if you’re looking for something trendy you might want to start there.
When choosing where to hang your mirror, weight should be the ultimate concern. If you have a few small weighted mirrors, you can put a small nail, or use glue like mirror mastic. If you are hanging a larger mirror, you might want to consult a contractor to help you locate the studs in your walls, as heavy mirrors might rip out of drywall. Most jobs can be done on your own in under 20 minutes, but don’t hesitate to hire a professional if you feel uncomfortable.
First, make sure the mirror has hanging hardware installed. Next, figure out where you want to place the mirror on the wall and mark where the wire or other hanging hardware will sit. Drill a hole for the screw, hammer in the nail, or place whatever hanging device you are using on the mark you’ve made. Make sure to follow the directions on the mirror itself to ensure you are using a strong enough hanging device.
Arranging circle mirrors on a wall is a matter of personal preference. Figure out how many circle mirrors you want to hang, where you want the mirrors to be on the wall, and how far apart you’d like them. Laying them out before you make any marks or drill holes will make the process much easier.
First, cover the mirror to prevent cracking. Then, place wood shims between the wall and the mirror but avoid forcing anything. Using a crowbar, gently work the glass away from the wall starting at the top, being sure to maintain an even pressure. When you get toward the bottom, support the top of the glass with your other hand to prevent it from falling.
Adrienne Jordan writes about home decor for The Spruce. She considers herself a lover of mirrors, from thrifted floor mirrors to more elegant purchases like the Sunburst Accent Mirror featured above. She believes that mirrors are key for adding a touch of wow to your space. Additional reporting was done by Mackenzie Dunn, a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, HelloGiggles, Real Simple, MyDomaine, and more.
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