Fabulous Mirror Decorating Ideas
Mirrors don’t get the credit they deserve. We tend to take them for granted. Sure, we all know mirrors have their functional uses. They help us in the morning when we’re getting ready for work. They reflect light to brighten up a space and when placed properly, can make a small room feel larger.
But mirrors can actually do much more -- they can add design drama to your home. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Get inspired and start incorporating decorative mirrors your your home!
Think about using a mirror as a tabletop. This project is an economical way to take what you might have on hand and make it sparkle. Find a bevel-edged mirror and place it on top of a nondescript table to create a fabulous end table for your sofa.
Here’s my take on a mirrored tabletop: find a weathered urn and secure a round mirror on top. Attach the mirror with an adhesive specially formulated for use on pottery, ceramics and glass. Let dry for 24 hours and voila! you have crafted a chic end table worthy of mention in a design magazine!
Wall Focal Point
If you’ve never thought of using a large mirror as a focal point, you should! A beautiful mirror of any shape looks great when hung above the fireplace mantel. Yes, I know, your fireplace is already a focal point, but a mirror positioned above it will add to its importance.
If you don’t have a large mirror, you can use a grouping of smaller mirrors above the fireplace to create the same big impact. And remember, any decorative items placed on the mantel will gain prominence when caught in a mirror’s reflection.
No fireplace? No problem. Use an oversized, rectangular mirror propped against a wall to add a focal point to your room. You can find beautiful floor mirrors virtually everywhere these days at a variety of price points. A floor mirror will add flair to almost any room in your home -- the dining room, foyer and even your bedroom!
This is a such super cool idea! The next time you are out scouring flea markets or antique malls, look for unframed vintage mirrors to use as plate chargers or placemats for your next dinner party or holiday gathering.
Plain mirrors or those with etched borders will give your dining table an eclectic vibe when paired with mismatched vintage dinnerware. Use round, square or rectangular mirrors for this project. Simply place one under each guest’s place setting and you’ll definitely win the hostess prize for creativity!
If you can’t find the right number of smallish mirrors for chargers, use one large, rectangular mirror as a unique table runner. Just think how magical your centerpiece and glowing candles will look when placed on a reflective surface!
This mirror idea is a little off the wall (pardon the pun!) but it is a good one. If you are looking for a totally unique idea for a kitchen backsplash, look no further than mirror. This one will take some planning and assistance, but will look absolutely glam!
If you live in a historic home with a butler’s pantry, mirror is the perfect backsplash to highlight your fine china and serving items -- and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after food, grease or water splashes. I might not recommend it in a large kitchen because of that factor -- but in a small kitchen, the bit of extra cleaning effort is worth it.
Start by calling your local glass company. If they can’t handle this type of job, they can recommend someone who does. The initial appointment will consist of selecting the type of mirror, taking measurements and determining the best layout for the mirror sections. After the sections have been cut, an installer will return to mount your beautiful mirror backsplash!
Mirrored furniture pieces, the epitome of glamour, have become very popular in the design world. A mirrored dresser or vanity table in the bedroom gives the space a Hollywood Regency feel. You love the look of mirrored furniture pieces, but you hate the high price tags associated with this classic style.
Believe it or not, you can apply mirror to simple furniture pieces yourself! You can start small by covering the drawer fronts of a small lingerie chest, dresser or nightstand. This will give you the opportunity to master the technique before tackling a large-scale furniture project. Once you feel confident, you can try covering an entire furniture piece!
Tools for This Project
What You'll Need
Measuring tape and yardstick
400-grit wet/dry sandpaper
Drill with diamond bit
Begin by scoring the mirror tiles with the glass cutter and snap off each piece based on your measurements. Don’t forget to drill holes for handles and pulls. Place a piece of masking tape over the mirror and mark your drill points. Drill carefully into the mirror through the tape. Wipe with a damp rag to remove mirror dust.
Gently sand the mirror cuts to remove sharp edges. Coat the back of the mirror piece with mastic and press firmly onto the furniture surface. Clean the mirror with acetone to remove any excess mastic. While this may not be the easiest DIY project you’ll ever do, it will certainly be the most impressive!
© 2012 lindacee
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