It used to be that walls of mirrors were for the rich and famous. Think of Versailles, where mirrors were the stuff of kings and queens. Nowadays mirrors are easy to come by. Any one of us can have mirrored walls. Most of us, however, are a little hesitant of mirrored walls in our homes. With some thought–well, a lot of thought–and planning, you can add style, light, and that “open” feeling we are all clamoring for simply by adding mirrors.
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Back in the seventies, mirrored walls were all the rage. I personally had the great idea of mirroring a half-wall at my staircase. My idea was to use strips of mirrors like planking, following the angle of the stairs. The mirrors were cut to size, polished, and installed. Unfortunately, I must admit that the finished product wasn’t quite the sophisticated look I had anticipated. Instead of the contemporary look I had in mind, it turned out to look more like a funhouse at a carnival. Each person walking by the mirrors seemed cut into disjointed pieces.
Even though mirrored walls have been around for a long time, they are not passé and can still be beautiful. If you go online, you will find stunning, modern examples of what can only be called “mirrored wall art.” They make a space look bigger, bring light into dark places, and can reflect the outdoors.
When creating a mirrored wall, you’ll want to answer a few fundamental questions.
The top two things you should do to have an aesthetically pleasing and safely installed, long-lasting mirrored wall are:
A mirror wall isn’t for everyone. It completely changes the way a space feels and can be a big commitment. Framed mirrors can also make a room look larger, brighter, and more attractive without the permanence and transformation of a mirror wall. There are so many styles from which to choose. You can match your décor or go in an entirely different direction. It’s a chance to go a little wild!
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
So be brave, be bold, be prepared for “oohs” and “ahs!” Go for mirrors—either wall or framed. Mirrored walls or framed mirrors can be a reflection of your good taste and creativity.
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