Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
January 28, 2014
I’m not a fan of wall decor… Things fabricated simply to absorb wall space feel forced, uninspired and frankly cheap. We’re not talking about art or sculpture, I’m talking about “filler”. If I have a large wall to fill, brackets or wall-mounted display shelves are a favorite of mine. If they are flanking a mirror, even better. Who doesn’t love what a mirror does for a space. It can reflect a pretty view and increase the natural light in any given space. Mirrors add depth, and a bit of shimmer and plentiful enough so that they can be tailored to any decor. Mirrors are a decorators very best friend.
I like to choose mirror frame finishes that don’t compete or mimic any art frames in the spaces I design. Natural materials like drift wood, horn and shell are favorites. This way a gold or black frame “story” is highlighted and the decorative frames come forward via texture or they ease into the into the layers of the room. Don’t get too matchy-matchy or your look could end up flat and uninspired. Lesson: We want to see the art in a room first, decor second. Other materials like resin, paper mache and metal also make good choices when it comes to choosing the right look for a mirror.
Scale is also a huge component when it comes to getting it right in the mirror department. A few good and general rules of thumb are to keep a mirror narrower than the piece is being hung over but don’t be afraid of going big! A tall narrow mirror will add the height to a room and adding to the vertically of a space is never a bad idea. A wide short mirror will stretch the width of a space, creating a low horizontal effect best suited for Craftsman, Modern, Deco and other styles that embrace a horizontal aesthetic. Can’t find the perfect mirror? Go to your local frame shop and have one made to your specifications. Now go out and buy yourself a mirror. xo