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There’s more to mirrors than just the practical element, when used correctly mirrors can add light to a room, create the illusion of space and add an extra decorative element. Incorporating mirrors into your decor can make a big difference to the overall atmosphere in your home. Read the following tips to help find the perfect mirror for your space:

What size mirror do I need?

When picking out your mirror, you need to consider where you’re going to place it and it’s overall function. If you want to use it to inspect your daily outfits then a full-length mirror is an excellent choice, whereas if you just want to add a bit of decoration or light to a room then a small wall mirror is sufficient. Large wall mirrors work well in entryways since they help reflect light and give you a chance to check your appearance before heading out the door. Whereas living room mirrors are usually more decorative, and therefore are often smaller with more ornate details.

What type of mirror should I buy?

There are many different types and styles of mirrors to consider, and which one you choose will depend on function, size requirement and personal taste. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular types and styles:

  • Wall Mirrors

    Wall mirrors are ideal for living spaces and make lovely decorative pieces. Large mirrors look wonderful hung in hallways and entryways, whereas a decorative round mirror hung above a mantelpiece can look stunning.

  • Makeup and Dressing Table Mirrors

    Dressing table and makeup mirrors are ideal for helping you to prepare for your busy day ahead or big night out. We have a selection of glamorous mirrors with lights, large mirrors which look elegant when placed on a dressing table, and round magnifying mirrors for a closer look.

  • Free-standing Mirrors

    Free-standing mirrors come in lots of different forms such as cosmetic magnifying mirrors and full-length mirrors. They are fantastic if you don’t have anywhere to hang a mirror, and their flexibility makes them great for families as the angle can be adjusted to suit a person of any height.

  • Full-Length Mirrors

    Full-length mirrors have become invaluable in many households as they enable you to take in your full reflection. Wall mounted full-length mirrors are a lovely, space-saving option, whereas free-standing full-length mirrors can add a touch of class and elegance to any room.

  • Bathroom Mirrors

    Bathroom mirrors are probably the most utilised mirrors in any home, used for everything from shaving and applying makeup to brushing your teeth. Opt for a mirror with lights for an essence of Hollywood glamour, a large mirror to create the illusion of space or a magnifying mirror to make applying makeup easier than ever.

What mirror frame is best?

If it's going in the bathroom, you want to be sure the frame can withstand moisture. If it's going in any other room, go with what feels right for you and looks good in the space. A mirror is a chance to add some serious flair to your decor, so feel free to get a little glamorous. You can also choose various surface treatments for the mirror itself. If the mirror is solely decorative (or is just hung to add a little light to a room), you don’t need to worry too much if it’s super functional. Go for a treatment that adds a little gold for warmth, or a vintage mirror that’s worn down a bit for some visual interest.

What are some ways to use decorative mirrors?

Mirrors make brilliant decorative elements. You can cluster several round mirrors together to form a piece of art, or use one sunburst mirror as a focal point for your space. Leaning mirrors are also great for decor, since they often have beautiful, intricate frames; they take up a lot of space, though, so be sure you have the room before you buy one.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a full-length mirror, a decorative round mirror, a striking mirror with lights or a magnifying mirror, Houzz is sure to have the perfect one for your home.
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