How to Choose a Mirror That's Perfect For Your Wall

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The right mirror on your wall can give the whole space a brand new life. Since mirrors will only reflect what's in front of them, choose the wall with care. The reflection becomes a part of your room. Feng shui practitioners say that mirrors should only be placed facing certain directions, and not indiscriminately on any wall. In any case, choose the wall with care.

Mirrors perform many functions. Use one to augment, define or accentuate what is already present in your space, or place it where it reflects a favorite view.

You can also use a mirror to open up a room or to add some light.

The three most important things you should look at when selecting mirrors are shape, size, and style.

Find a Shape That Works for You

As you might have already realized, shape plays an important role in defining any space. It can create a mood, accentuate what is already there, or give an illusion of something else.

  • A long horizontal shape will serve to accentuate width as it helps sweep your eye along a long line. A tall vertical shape will call attention to height as it makes your eye travel up.
  • An angular shape such as a square or rectangle will help give an orderly restrained look. 
  • Use a rounded or curved frame for a softer or maybe even whimsical look depending on the style of its frame.
  • You can even create a shape by grouping several mirrors together just the way you would with photographs or framed art.

Why Size Matters

The size of your mirror can influence the impact you want to create.

The selection of size should also be based on whether you want the mirror to be a focal point, an accent, or merely act as the background.

  • A single small mirror on a large wall will look lost and insignificant. Choose a size that is appropriate for the wall you have selected.
  • If you want your mirror to be​ a focal point in your room, make sure it is large enough to stand out, but also define it by choosing a frame that makes it even more noticeable.
  • If you want your mirror to become part of the background, you should choose one that is extra large so that its function then becomes to make your space appear larger. Don't give it a frame that draws attention to itself.
  • Smaller mirrors can be used as accents, catching light here, reflecting an interesting object there. They can also be used in groups. If you do plan to use smaller mirrors in groups, remember that together are acting to form a much larger shape and these could act as a focal point in the room, too.

It is All About Style

It really is all about style. Your mirrors can reflect the style you already have in your room, but you can also create great impact by choosing a style that is unexpected and for that reason acts as an accent. While the shape and size of a mirror matter, the frame plays an even greater role in determining style.

  • An ornate, carved or gilt frame is often best used in a more traditional or ethnic culture inspired setting but can be used for contrast in a more modern one.
  • A more frame with simple lines or unusual materials is often more suitable for a casual or modern interior.
  • Whimsical frame treatments and distressed looks work well for a country look, or even in an eclectic room.