Besides paintings and sculptures, mirrors are often used as a decor item. Due to the fact that mirrors reflect light well, they help make a small room look bigger. Many homeowners place big mirrors in the entrance corridor so that they could have a final full body check before leaving the house. These mirrors can be fixed onto the wall, or stand on their own and therefore, could be moved to any spot as the owner sees fit.
Choosing the right mirror for your home is important since mirrors come in different sizes, shapes, and quality. Depending on the location of the house and what side it receives the most sunlight, homeowners can calculate the most suitable position for the mirror to receive the desired amount of sunlight. Even if installed in a room with no access to direct sunlight, the mirror can be positioned in a way that reflects most efficiently the lighting installed in the room.
If you are going to hang a mirror above a piece of furniture such as a couch, make sure everything matches. The colour of the mirror frame should match the current style of the couch. Depending on the size of the furniture, choose your mirror width accordingly. An oversized mirror hanging over a small couch will not do the room any good. The ideal width is about two-thirds or three-quarters of the width of the below furniture. For mirrors placed on top of drawers, they can take up the full width of the furniture.
Determining the right height at which to hang the mirror is part of the process. Hanging it too low and you have undone your original decoration purpose. Ideally, the mirror should be hung about 6 inches above the furniture it is supposed to highlight. The reflection in the mirror should be taken into account as well. You want your mirror to be a work of art, so is its reflection, so make sure to pay attention to the furniture you have on the opposite side. Even if you have positioned your mirror perfectly, you will not like it if it reflects a cluster of television cables and dirty piles of laundry on the floor. Ideally, the mirror should reflect a piece of artwork hanging on the opposite wall.
Mirrors can become dangerous objects if not installed and handled correctly. Choose a quality mirror that can withhold mild pressure. Ask a professional to do the installation for you and make sure they follow each step carefully.