One of the most basic tips for framing mirrors is to avoid placing a small mirror on a large wall. Instead, many homeowners achieve a dynamic look for their large room by using a full-size mirror. There are several styles of full-size mirrors available, including models that are placed on the floor and then tilted slightly back against the wall.
Thick wooden frames are another popular method of making full-sized mirrors stand out in big spaces. By utilizing a large mirror with an attractive frame, you can quickly create the artistic focal point of your larger room. More importantly, a thick frame will keep your mirror from appearing too small. This type of decoration is perfect for those with a more minimalist home decor.
If a large floor mirror or full-length mirror isn’t your style, you can still make use of smaller mirrors in your big space. However, your best option here is to decorate by grouping several mirrors on the same wall, similar to how you would decorate with paintings or photographs.
For the best aesthetic results, it is generally best to choose mirrors that have similar measurements (for example, hanging three 2’ x 3’ mirrors in a row along a wall). Grouping multiple mirror pieces in the same way you would a three-piece canvas wall art can result in a dynamic look for your living room — especially if you invest in intricately designed frames. Remember to choose frames that match the rest of the room’s decor — a frame that is too elaborate or too simple in comparison to your other decorations will stick out like a sore thumb.
Even in larger rooms, a lack of natural light can seriously hamper the ambiance. When framing a mirror in a big space, pay attention to how the mirror’s placement will reflect light to create more dynamic lighting. For example, dining room mirrors can be placed in a position that will better reflect candlelight or overhead lighting to brighten up the room and create a more inviting atmosphere.
Choose a wall where the mirror can have the greatest reflective impact. This can be especially effective in homes or apartments with an open floor plan, where an angled floor mirror can reflect light sources, artwork, and more for an impressive visual result.
We often read about a mirror’s ability to make a small room feel larger, but what about those rooms that feel a little too spacious? It turns out some creative mirror framing can also make an impact here.
Large rooms with equally large windows sometimes feel a little too big for comfort. It’s hard to create a cozy, intimate feeling when it feels like the backyard is part of the room. Because of this, some home designers actually place a circular or octagonal mirror in front of a window to help “close in” the room by drawing in the eye. It might sound a bit odd, but this technique can be quite effective at helping bedrooms and other areas not feel too big!