Wall mirrors are often considered timeless works of art. They are beloved and cherished and often handed down from generation to generation. Their ornate frames speak of times past, not to mention the wonderment of all who may have gazed upon their surface.
Wall mirrors don't always have to be hung on walls. Take for instance the large, antique one I have propped against the wall. This piece is large enough, even on the floor, to make a statement as "wall art." And frankly, it is so heavy I had some initial fear of hanging it. I got so used to its location and look that I no longer want to.
Wall mirrors are just as important as wall art. Consider using wall mirrors when you need to bring light into a dark room. Use mirrors to create a sense of depth and openness in a space. Use mirrors as main focal points in a room; above a fireplace is a lovely touch.
Although it's hard to make out, I have placed a 16-inch by 20-inch gold framed mirror in the back of the fireplace to reflect the light of the candles. I'm planning on finding two similar, smaller ones to place on the inner left and right as well. The reflected light creates nice ambiance.
Mirror sizes, shapes and styles run the gamut. Look for those that fit your design plan well. They may have a frame that coordinates with your color scheme or style, such as one in oil-rubbed bronze or with straight contemporary lines.
This contemporary mirror with some organic flavor (a rattan stitched perimeter), fits perfectly into a family room with some tribal adornments. This group of wall art is hung on a large drop over a doorway. Again, wall art can be hung above eye level when a situation warrants it.
Speaking of contemporary, create neat focal areas on walls with mirrors. Line three of the same exact size and style down a wall for some modern flair. Or experiment with hanging six smaller ones of the same style in a grid pattern; three on top, and three directly below. How about nine by adding another row to the grid. Wall mirrors create a lot of visual appeal and interest in a space.
Three mirrors create a dramatic focal point over this bed. The entire ensemble of mirrors and draping acts as a headboard in this Gothic styled bedroom.
Sure you can buy them new just about anywhere but consider looking for them at thrift and second-hand stores or antique shops and estate sales. The older ones have so much character and real history. Not to mention the heaviness of the glass and the ornate details of the frames in many instances.
Two wonderful mirrors from an estate sale (auction). If you have never attended an auction, you need to give it a try. Bids were relatively low at this particular one.
Mirrors can be found relatively cheap at some of the venues I just mentioned. Pick them up and "Restore, Reuse, Reinvent" them. See how I transformed and updated a plain mirror to something more trendy and modern.
I've had this mirror for years and never knew where to place it. I decided to give it a makeover and now it's the new star of the room.
TIP: You can do this to old picture frames as well!
OPTION: You can experiment with a different type of glue or adhesive rather than using a glue gun. I've even considered using clear silicon caulk as an easier option that dries more slowly.
Lay your mirror on a piece of cardboard or craft paper to protect your working surface from any glue. Simply begin gluing piece by piece, starting in the upper left corner and work across the top and down the side until you complete the frame. This method worked best for me.
Place the glue on the frame rather than on the piece you are adhering. Once a dab of glue is placed, adhere your pebble or gem or whatever type of adornment you have chosen to use. The glue is HOT!
Speaking of slowly, this project is not for the impatient. It took me approximately five hours to complete, working straight through. This piece is only a 12-inch by 12-inch. The work can seem tedious, yet it is also relaxing.
Go ahead, get creative and give this project a try. It is such a pleasure knowing that you created your own artwork. Reinvent some mirrors for you home. When you are done doing that, visit the Framed Art and Painted Art sections to get ideas for other wall art projects. Together we'll complete some Frugal Interior Design.
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