Decorating with mirrors can be a nice way to add appeal to your home and make a small room seem bigger. You can buy many interesting style mirrors that have beautiful frames. When decorating with mirrors make sure you arrange them properly on the wall for best effect.
You have a beautiful antique mirror which you want to hang in the bedroom. Marking the perfect spot, you set a nail into the wall behind the chaise sitting the antique mirror on. Instant Décor!
Happy with the completion of your task, you take a step back. You tip your head to one side and then the other. Squinting, you take another look at the mirror. Something is amiss, but you can’t figure out what it is.
There are a few common errors that are made while hanging and arranging items on a wall. These errors look awkward to the eye, but you cannot put a finger on exactly what is wrong or how to fix it. Use the guidelines below when arranging mirrors on a wall:
Hanging Large Mirrors:
Lare mirrors can be a focal point so you should be careful to place it in an appropriate area. Where does large hangings look best? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature antique mirrors.
Hanging Small Mirrors:
Grouping smaller pieces can add interest and keep them from getting “lost”. Using similar or matching frames and matting make this look more pleasing. Otherwise anchor the small piece visually by hanging it low and close to furnishings so it doesn^t appear to be floating on the wall.
Hanging Mirrors In Groups:
You can create an interesting display by grouping like items together. The key to getting it to look right is the spacing. Each item should be spaced about 3 inches away from the items on either side. Lay the pieces out on the floor first so that you can find the perfect arrangement. Then measure carefully and make your holes for hanging.
Framed pieces like mirrors should be hung with the center of the picture at eye level. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.
If your mirror is usually going to be viewed sitting down (as at a dining table or when viewed beside a couch) you would hang them at the sitter^s eye level instead.
Anything hung behind the couch should be placed no more than 8 or 10 inches above the back of the couch.
These easy tips will have you creating a designer look in every room in your house!