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decorating with mirrors

Antique Tin MirrorLarge mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the dresser! There are plenty of ways to use a beautiful mirror in your home.

So, how do you hang something that heavy?

You don’t have to hang a large mirror, especially if it’s full of interest of its own—like these frames made from reclaimed tin ceilings. You can lean them against a wall, prop smaller mirrors on shelves, or even use them on tables. If you do decide to hang the mirror, make sure you’re anchoring into a solid part of the wall. If you’ve got standard drywall or plaster, that means finding a stud. Those with brick, concrete, or similar walls can purchase specialty kits for anchoring in plaster or brick. Make sure whatever anchor method you choose can support the weight of your mirror.

Now that you’ve got the mechanics down, think about the art of it. You can go classic and invisible with a heavy-duty wire hanger across the back of the mirror. Or you can opt for a more decorative approach and use rope, ribbon, or other decorative material to hang your mirror. This is a great approach if your anchor point is higher than you want to hang your mirror.

Finally, it’s time to think about exact placement and using your mirror as part of your décor. Think of a mirror as a decorative window that you can move around. It brings light and depth to any room.

  • Do use large, decorative mirrors, even in small rooms. It will make the space feel bigger, reflects more light, and adds the illusion of depth to the space.
  • Don’t place mirrors in random spots. Think about what the mirror will reflect—whether it’s light, a great color on an adjacent wall, a floral arrangement, a view, a piece of art, etc. and hang it with that in mind.
  • Do use mirrors as a focal point. Big mirrors, stunningly unique mirrors, groups of smaller mirrors, they all make a striking focal point to any space.
  • Don’t go overboard. There are places where mirrors aren’t the best option. Mirrors in kitchens are hard to keep clean, for example. A bedroom might seem an ideal place for lots of mirrors, but most find it surprisingly unrestful. A mirror over the headboard, however, is a classic “do”.
  • Do use mirrors in the hall and on stairs. What better way to open up these often tight spaces and add easy interest?