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Tips for Hanging Mirrors

Mirrors are a key way to create an eye-catching feature in a room and can especially come in handy for small spaces, if you want to give the illusion of a bigger space. We asked interior designer and design trend expert from Design Quarters, Michelle Trimborn, for her insight on hanging mirrors and what to bear in mind: There are no hard and fast rules when hanging mirrors in your home, but it's good to know the following:

  • A mirror adds light to a space and potentially depth, if it is reflecting other items in the room.
  • Remember that mirrors that reflect other items in the room work better than mirrors that reflect only a blank opposite wall.
  • Mirrors are quite unobtrusive and can be used to make some structures ‘disappear’, for example, cladding a pillar in a mirror helps ‘melt’ the pillar into the background.
  • The frames of mirrors are where things get tricky. The heavier the frame the heavier its visual weight in the room.
  • Mirror-framed mirrors are a good option as they deflect light at interesting angles and the frame doesn't dominate.
  • Mirrors can be hung on walls or be left standing on a shelf or table top leaning against the wall. If you have a mirror you can stand it on the floor, leaning against the wall.
  • If your space can cope with a busy or heavy frame then have fun with a variety of elements: timber, metal, mother of pearl, fabric, mosaic, animal hides, duco-sprayed in any colour, coloured glass, rope or concrete.
  • Generally, treat your mirror sizing the same as artwork sizing - a tiny artwork on a large wall will look ‘lost’, for example. However, going for a very oversized mirror, standing on the floor, can work very well. Position them where you want more light or more depth added to your space.
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