Using Mirrors to Decorate

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated August 26, 2015)

Mirrors are not just for shaving or putting on make up anymore; now they are part of essential home decor. Mirrors have a way of bringing needed light into a dark room and can create an illusion that a room or space is larger than it actually is.

Before you do anything else, you need to evaluate your space. When evaluating your room or space you need to keep in mind how much wall space you have and what size of mirrors would be appropriate. Bedrooms should have at least two mirrors, one full length for checking yourself out and one smaller mirror for decoration. Check out your local home decorating store, flea market, garage sales, yard sales or antique stores for unique mirrors that properly fit your personality. Keep in mind that not all mirrors require a frame to be beautiful and classy. In order to save time, look for hanging attachments.

Once you have picked your mirrors and have been able to properly visualize them in your new space it is time to take a quick trip to your local hardware store. If you do not own (or cannot borrow) a hammer, measuring tape, raptor anchors or nails you will need to purchase these items. If you wish to hang several mirrors in a row or as a set you will want to also purchase a leveling device.

It is now time to begin the placement of your mirrors. If you have purchased a non-framed, full length mirror, you may wish to hang this behind a door or on a closet so that it can be used functionally. If your full-length mirror is not necessarily to be used as a functional piece, you may wish to hang it more as a focal point of a room, or a place in the room where light is lacking. In order to make a space seem larger than it is, you may wish to position two identical mirrors on opposite walls facing one another; when these two mirrors reflect anything (light, objects, movement) they reflect off one another and seem to expand the living space.

When you hang your mirrors you will want to check if you have drywalls. If you have drywall, when you drill your hole into the wall you will want to use raptor anchors (found at your local hardware store). Most mirror hanging jobs will not require any extensive drilling at all; usually a hammer and nail will be sufficient. If your mirrors do not come equipped with wall hooks or cords then you may need to install these. Use your level to hang a set of mirrors or multiple mirrors in a row. Place ribbons or decorations on your mirrors, and you are done!

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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