When it comes to interior decorating, you’d be surprised to know how big an asset accent mirrors can be. While there’s a practically infinite selection of decorative pieces you can hang on your walls – from prints and paintings to three dimensional artwork – accent mirrors offer a few unique advantages over traditional wall art that can really help bring a room to life. So if you’ve got a bare spot on your walls and aren’t quite sure what to do with it, consider an accent mirror. Here’s why:
One of the most important things that an accent mirror can do that no other kind of wall hanging can is enhance levels of light in a room. Mirrors literally reflect light, both natural and artificial, helping to brighten and enhance the quality of light in any room. This is especially evident in rooms that are very dark, as mirrors will pick up any artificial light, and in rooms that have a lot of natural light, as the mirrors will seem especially bright and radiant and help open up the room. To maximize this effect, look for an accent mirror like this Brunson Mirror that has a fully mirrored surface, rather than a framed one.
The reflective quality of mirrors not only works to reflect light, but can also help to make a smaller space seem bigger. Larger accent mirrors like this Lantau Mirror work especially well, creating the illusion that a room extends farther in one direction than it really does. This look works especially well in closed entryways or dining areas that get a lot of light. Even small accent mirrors can do this to a slightly lesser extent, acting as a sort of peep-hole into what looks like another room, or just visually pushing out the walls when glimpsed out of the corner of your eye.
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While paintings and other artwork (and their frames) come in a whole rainbow of colors, shades, and textures, that, if chosen carefully, can help unify the colors in your room, one thing they can’t do is actually interact with your design. Because accent mirrors are reflective, not only do the frames, like this gorgeous Greek Key Mirror from Sterling Lighting enhance your decor, but the mirror literally reflects it, making an accent mirror a living part of your room that’s different from every angle, but that always blends with your existing decor.
As an extension of this, mirrors are great, permanent fixtures in a room that you like to remodel (or even just re-accessorize) frequently. While paintings should be carefully chosen to match carpet, upholstery, curtains, and other accessories, a frameless, shaped mirror like this Valaparaiso Mirror won’t ever look out of place, no matter how often you change up your color scheme, provided your basic design aesthetic stays more or less the same.
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Mirrors work especially well in modern styled living spaces. The silvered glass inherently meshes with the industrial material and color theme of a modern decor. Additionally, many accent mirrors, like this Vance Geometric Mirror from Dimond Lighting, have gorgeous geometric designs that also jive with the simple, straight lines that exemplify the modern aesthetic.
Really, though, a good accent mirror should be a work of art in its own right. There are two basic components to an accent mirror: the mirror itself, and the frame. The frame is where the most decoration typically takes place. Accent mirror frames are made out of a wide variety of materials, from traditional wood and metal to stranger materials like the leather frame on this Chocolate Croc Mirror.
Accent mirror frames come in a much wider variety of sizes, shapes, and styles than traditional painting frames, and give you a lot more flexibility in your design, especially when it comes to the shape. This Prentiss Mirror, for example, is more like a wall hanging that happens to have a mirror in it than a functional mirror, but the accent mirror is just big enough to catch a little light.
Large, elaborate frames are common, and you can even often find accent mirrors that contain many multiple mirrors, like this Porterdale Mirror, that use patterns of smaller shaped mirrors to help create the design, as well as to enhance the light and depth of your room.
That said, some accent mirrors don’t even have frames. Instead, it’s the detailing on the mirror itself that draws the eye. This Erhart Mirror is especially gorgeous, with fine, intricate detailing, smoothly carved edges, and tiny, lace-like holes around the edge of the mirror, which creates a decadent antique style accent mirror that creates its own frame.
Finally, installing a decorative accent mirror is frequently just outright functional. While you might not want your guests checking their hair in your living room or family room, having an accent mirror in a bedroom or hallway is a great way to give yourself the ability to dress in front of a mirror or check your scarf on your way out the door while adding a piece that’s more interesting than a bulky floor mirror or a boring, square-framed dresser mirror. What room are you looking to put an accent mirror in? Do you have any preference in design? Let me know in the comments!
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