How to use mirrors elegantly in decor

 

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Mirror, mirror, how to use it in decoration? Here’s a question that must have run through your thoughts. With or without a frame, alone or in mosaic, a more modern style or with a vintage look, the mirror is a wild piece and one of the few accessories that has unanimity in architecture for combining with everything and with all styles of environments, regardless of size, color or texture. “Mirrors are used to reflect images. By tradition, they were only used in bathrooms, but today they gain space in all environments. In decoration, they demonstrate nobility and bring depth. When used with frames, they become outstanding pieces in any environment”, reveals the architect and director of Hamabi Arquitetura, Elton Carlos.

How to use mirrors as a decorative resource

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Using mirrors in the decoration brings a touch of modernity, in addition to enhancing the surrounding pieces. For those who prefer a more vintage look, circular or oval mirrors and even those more retro models help to compose the look. “The choice of the location for installing a mirror will depend on its purpose. In smaller environments, use the opposite walls to expand the visual space”, teaches the architect.

When it comes to harmony, there are no rules. Here, imagination is the limit, but, of course, without leaving moderation aside when it comes to making arrangements. “Use the same style references. For a more classic decoration, choose mirrors with gilded frames, carved in fine wood or large and supported. In spaces with contemporary decoration, there are several models of frames, with all possible formats. Use your imagination and try to be critical to harmonize the spaces in your home”, emphasizes Elton.

The same goes for a composition between multiple mirrors. Creation is free, but it’s good to think of a pattern: choose a single color in the frames or not repeat the shapes of the mirrors. “The mix of mirrors becomes very interesting when you manage to control the effects, such as the amplitude, the break or not of a reflected image”, says architect Líame Jappour.

Mirrors are easily found in decoration stores or glassware and also on the web, where options abound to suit all tastes. In order for the accessory to give the touch you are looking for in the decoration, it is important to take into account two points: frame, if any, and dimension.

Check out how to use framed and unframed mirrors for decoration and, in the gallery, find beautiful models for sale on the internet.

frameless mirrors

Mirrors that do not need frames make the look of any environment more modern and stripped down. Ideal for small venues, the wall-mounted model is preferred among designers and architects.

Espelho Tiê 40x60 for R$399.20 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470443C69044588&ULP=[[http://www.oppa.com.br/espelho-tie-40x40-cm ?utm_source=zanox&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oppa</a>

TIÊ MIRROR 40×60 FOR R$399.20 ON OPPA

Espelho Delfina 25x168 for R$349.30 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470443C69044588&ULP=[[http://www.oppa.com.br/espelho-delfina-25x168?utm_source =zanox&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oppa</a>

DELFINA MIRROR 25×168 FOR R$349.30 ON OPPA

Acrylic Mirror - Venetian for R$129.90 at <a href="http://www.elo7.com.br/espelho-de-acrilico-veneziano/dp/3AFCBC#fatc=1&hsn=0&df=d&smk=0&uso= d&pso=up&osbt=bo&ss=0&sv=0" target="blank_">Link 7</a>

ACRYLIC MIRROR – VENETIAN FOR R$129.90 AT ELO 7

Acrylic Mirrors - Square Points for R$129.90 at <a href="http://www.elo7.com.br/espelhos-de-acrilico-pontos-quadrados/dp/3BCDE9#fatc=1&df=d&uso=d " target="blank_">Link 7</a>

ACRYLIC MIRRORS – SQUARE POINTS FOR R$129.90 AT ELO 7

Espelho Veneziano Floral for R$129.90 at <a href="http://www.elo7.com.br/espelho-veneziano-floral/dp/56F200#fatc=1&df=d&uso=d" target="blank_"> Link 7</a>

VENETIAN FLORAL MIRROR FOR R$129.90 AT ELO 7

Mirror Glass Silver 48x57 for R$124.90 at <a href="https://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?35169284C1835471&ULP=[[http://www.leroymerlin.com.br/espelho-vidro-prata- 48x57cm-h-chebli_86973915?utm_source=Zanox&utm_medium=Affiliate_Network&utm_content=eCommerce&utm_campaign=Campaign_Zanox_Deeplink&internal-utmz=zanox]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Leroy

48×57 SILVER GLASS MIRROR FOR R$124.90 AT LEROY MERLIN

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20×20 UNFRAMED SQUARE MIRROR KIT FOR R$36.90 AT LEROY MERLIN

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ROUND FRAMELESS MIRROR KIT FOR R$68.90 AT LEROY MERLIN

Decorative Jade Mirror 100% MDF for R$428.25 at <a href="http://www.lojaskd.com.br/espelho-decorativo-jade-100-mdf-amendoa-casabras-126621.html" target=" blank_">KD</a>

JADE DECORATIVE MIRROR 100% MDF FOR R$428.25 AT KD

Decorative Mirror Fan-Chinese 45x60 for R$139.99 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470371C10967541&ULP=[[http://www.mobly.com.br/espelho-decorativo- fanchines-45x60-my-sticker-117229.html?utm_source=Zanox&utm_medium=Affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mobly</a>

FAN-CHINESE DECORATIVE MIRROR 45×60 FOR R$139.99 AT MOBLY

Round Decorative Mirror for R$3,204 at <a href="http://www.mariapiacasa.com.br/espelho-decorativo-redondo-grigio-38-770.html" target="blank_">Maria Pia Casa</a >

ROUND DECORATIVE MIRROR FOR R$3,204 AT MARIA PIA CASA

Decorative Wall Mirror Drop for R$1,270 at <a href="http://www.mariapiacasa.com.br/espelho-decorativo-de-parede-gota-36-991.html" target="blank_">Maria Pia Home</a>

DECORATIVE WALL MIRROR DROP FOR R$1,270 AT MARIA PIA CASA

When used on an entire wall (such as covering from ceiling to floor) or on part of two walls, which form one of the corners of the room, they break the monotony, expand the space and increase the clarity. This model can replace the wallpaper and should reflect a landscape or a beautiful part of the house.

Frame mirrors

When framed, the mirrors serve as a painting and even gain the status of a work of art, with the touch of refinement they give to the environment. Models with more ornate frames, in wood or iron, go well in forgotten corners of the house. They can be hung over a sideboard in the entrance hall, placed on the floor and leaning against the wall, or even combined in a mix of mirrors — you can create different compositions according to your style.

Kit Crown 6 Mirrors Ouro Velho for R$150 at <a href="http://www.tanlup.com/product/857357/kit-coroa-6-espelhos-ouro-velho" target="blank_">Tanlup</ the>

CROWN KIT WITH 6 MIRRORS OURO VELHO FOR R$150 AT TANLUP

Kit 8 Colored Mirrors for R$100 at <a href="http://www.tanlup.com/product/1085993/kit-8-colored-mirrors" target="blank_">Tanlup</a>

KIT 8 COLORED MIRRORS FOR R$100 AT TANLUP

Venetian Frame With Lacquered Mirror for R$250 at <a href="http://www.tanlup.com/product/857358/kit-coroa-6-espelhos-ouro-velho-1" target="blank_">Tanlup< /a>

VENETIAN FRAME WITH LACQUERED MIRROR FOR R$250 AT TANLUP

Antique Turquoise Resin Frame for $230 at <a href="http://www.tanlup.com/product/956366/antique-turquoise-resin-frame" target="blank_">Tanlup</ the>

ANTIQUE TURQUOISE RESIN FRAME FOR R$230 AT TANLUP

Arabesco Round Mirror for R$46.80 at <a href="https://www.meumoveldemadeira.com.br/produto/espelho-redondo-arabesco" target="blank_">My Wood Furniture</a>

ARABESCO ROUND MIRROR FOR R$46.80 AT MEU MÓVEL DE MADEIRA

Espelho Petit for R$224.10 at <a href="https://www.meumoveldemadeira.com.br/produto/espelho-petit-cru-fosco" target="blank_">My Wood Furniture</a>

PETIT MIRROR FOR R$224.10 AT MEU MÓVEL DE MADEIRA

Amethyst Mirror for R$479.40 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470443C69044588&ULP=[[http://www.oppa.com.br/espelho-ametista-c-4- shelves-red?utm_source=zanox&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oppa</a>

AMETHYST MIRROR FOR R$479.40 ON OPPA

Filipini Mirror 50x90 - Yellow for R$279.30 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470443C69044588&ULP=[[http://www.oppa.com.br/espelho-filipini-50x90 -yellow?utm_source=zanox&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oppa</a>

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Filipini Mirror 50x90 - Graphite for R$339.15 at <a href="http://ad.zanox.com/ppc/?29470443C69044588&ULP=[[http://www.oppa.com.br/espelho-filipini-50x90 -graphite?utm_source=zanox&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=deeplink]]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Oppa</a>

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Set 3 White Mirrors for R$81.20 at <a href="https://dekoreja.com.br/2873-conj.-03-espelhos-branco?" target="blank_">Dekore Now</a>

SET OF 3 WHITE MIRRORS FOR R$81.20 AT DEKORE JÁ

Glass Wall Mirror for R$622.90 at <a href="https://dekoreja.com.br/744-espelho-de-parede-de-vidro-c-moldura?" target="blank_">Dekore Now</a>

GLASS WALL MIRROR FOR R$622.90 AT DEKORE JÁ

40 cm colored mosaic mirror for R$224 at <a href="http://www.elo7.com.br/espelho-em-mosaico-colorido-40-cm/dp/5DD68B#fatc=1&hsn=0&df=d&smk =0&uso=d&pso=up&osbt=bo&ss=0&sv=0" target="blank_">Link 7</a>

40 CM COLORED MOSAIC MIRROR FOR R$224 AT ELO 7

Styles aside, be careful not to load up on the rest of the decor, especially with regard to colors and textures. If the idea is to put it on the wall, more traditional options include hanging it like a frame or applying it to the entire wall for more room. The accessory can also rest against the wall and slightly tilted, for more relaxed styles. Another option is to create a mosaic composition using various mirror formats to give movement to the decoration. Mirror within mirror through overlapping pieces or with a mirrored frame.

Get inspired by these mirror decor ideas

There are several options of mirrors on the market – round, square, oval, rectangular, in cutouts, with and without a frame – as well as several ways to apply it in decoration: on the entire wall or in just one part, leaning on the floor, combined with other mirrors, in pairs. With so many possibilities available to transform your home decor, choosing the ideal model to complete the composition can be a difficult task, but with a vast selection of inspirations, everything becomes easier!

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CYNTHIA LYNN

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / TIFFANY EASTMAN INTERIORS

All the ideas present in the image gallery can be put into practice in any room in the house, respecting only the dimensions according to the size available in each room and taking your objective as a guide. If you want to leave a larger room, it’s worth investing in mirrors that are bigger and take up an entire wall. If the idea is to highlight just one point and bring more light, it is better to bet on a smaller model and work with sets of two or three mirrors. To achieve the opposite effect, reducing space, invest in mirrors with many divisions.

Mirrors for each type of environment

Each room in the house has its own characteristics and deserves a different look when thinking about the decoration. Smaller spaces, such as bathrooms, for example, must be considered when choosing the size of the mirror. Larger spaces, such as living rooms and bedrooms, depending on their dimensions, already offer more options for larger mirrors or even bolder combinations with a mix of frames or colors. Follow the recommendations for each type of environment below.

in rooms

The use of mirrors in the living room, whether for dining, living or with TV, enhances the environment. This is where the entire walls are most used in decorating time. In the first space, depending on the placement, you can create a game of images that enlarges the table’s size and even multiplies the number of seats, making the room bigger than it really is. In the second and third rooms, it is worth placing mirrors behind furniture, such as sideboards, sofas or in the back of niches, enriching the decoration.

Photo: Disclosure / Renato Moreth | <a href="http://www.studiocali.com.br/projetos.html" target="_blank">Residencial Laranjeiras living room project by Carolina Jappour:</a> "Since the residents are passionate about art, the The position of the mirror in the living room allows the reflection of the Guanabara Palace to be brought into the house also due to the favorable location of the property. beautiful architectures of Rio de Janeiro".

PHOTO: DISCLOSURE / RENATO MORETH | LIVING ROOM DESIGN AT RESIDENCIAL LARANJEIRAS BY CAROLINA JAPPOUR: “SINCE THE RESIDENTS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ART, THE POSITION OF THE MIRROR IN THE LIVING ROOM ALLOWS US TO BRING THE REFLECTION OF THE GUANABARA PALACE INTO THE HOUSE, ALSO DUE TO THE FAVORABLE LOCATION OF THE PROPERTY. IN OTHER WORDS, THE MIRROR HAS ALSO BECOME A WORK OF ART IN THE RESIDENTS’ COLLECTION, AS THE REFLECTION IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURES IN RIO DE JANEIRO”.

Photo: Reproduction / <a href="http://www.thecouturerooms.com/" target="_blank">The Couturer Rooms</a>

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The Studio Cali architect gives another idea: “use the mirror to integrate a landscape from the outside to the inside. When positioning the mirror, pay attention to the reflection that will make sense to you”. Avoid excessive reflections so as not to overload and call a professional to do the installation, which depends on the thickness of the glass and base.

In the rooms

The use of mirrors in the bedroom greatly expands the environment, in addition to being super practical for day-to-day when it comes to makeup, changing clothes or finishing your hair. It is highly recommended for decorating cabinet doors, especially for small spaces. “In addition to giving amplitude to the environment, the mirror has the necessary function of reflecting the entire body, which is very useful when dressing up”, reveals the professional. However, here is a caveat: avoid mirrors facing the bed: they can cause discomfort at bedtime.

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Another option that adds elegance to the environment is a set of mirrored strips over the head of the bed, a good way to gain space without causing inconvenience. Remember to consider what will be reflected before choosing the location.

In the bathrooms

The use of mirrors in the bathroom is basic, there is no way to go without it, but the style can vary to give a “touch” to the decoration of the place. If the space is large and has two sinks, it’s worth investing in a larger mirror that covers the entire wall from the counter to the ceiling. To make the look more romantic, a frame with dressing room lights is a good option.

Photo: Publicity / Dali Castanho | <a href="http://www.studiocali.com.br/projetos.html" target="_blank">Residential Icaraí 1 lavabo project by Líame Jappour:</a> "Lavabo, environment integrated with the social area, a mirror framed in demolition wood was placed in front of two walls, to give the feeling of amplitude in the reflection of itself. It allows for an infinite reflection".

PHOTO: PUBLICITY / DALI CASTANHO | RESIDENCIAL ICARAÍ 1 LAVABO PROJECT BY LÍAME JAPPOUR: “LAVABO, AN ENVIRONMENT INTEGRATED WITH THE SOCIAL AREA, A MIRROR FRAMED IN DEMOLITION WOOD WAS PLACED IN FRONT OF TWO WALLS, TO GIVE THE FEELING OF SPACIOUSNESS IN ITS REFLECTION. ALLOWS INFINITE REFLECTION”.

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The traditional models hanging on the wall can also come with a carved frame or with a beveled detail, which works as a bas-relief border with chamfers and different angles. “The bathrooms and washrooms are small environments, compared to the rest of the house. The mirror on the bench is already a functional piece, and it also has the function of visually expanding the space. This can be a wall covering or a framed one”, suggests Líame.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Decorative Mirrors

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Regardless of the style of decoration, exaggerations should always be avoided so that mistakes are not made in the decoration, a rule that becomes even more evident when the subject involves mirrors. Just put it in the wrong place to see unwanted space reflections like a messy kitchen, bathroom, or intimate area. “The first thing to be considered is what is being reflected and how that image fits into the environment. Its dimensions must be proportional to the decoration. Avoid excess and difficult to clean materials. If the location is damp, an extra look at the fence is worth. If there is a lot of traffic, choose another place so that no accidents happen”, explains Elton Carlos.

Advantages of using mirrors in decor

Despite the points to be avoided, using mirrors in the decoration has as its main advantage the effect of enlarging the environment. Check out this and other benefits below:

  1. Amplitude: one of the biggest advantages of decorative mirrors is the power to enlarge any environment, creating the illusion that spaces are larger than they appear.
  2. Luminosity: another great benefit is the ability to brighten environments, bringing more light into the home.
  3. Appreciation: with the application of sophisticated frames, taking into account the decorative format and size, the decoration is valued and the environment gains an air of refinement. It’s like a picture, which can reflect the beautiful view from a window, ornament and fill walls. Furthermore, mirrors can also hide imperfections in walls.
  4. Maintenance: the cleaning is very easy. Before applying any product, remove any dust on the mirror with a dry cloth. Then spray a little glass cleaner on the cloth and apply it to the piece. Choose a quality brand to avoid blemishes.

Architect Líame Jappour adds that the use of mirrors can create an identity for the environment. “In spaces considered without identity, the use of decorative mirrors draws attention and transforms the place into the highlight of your home”, says the specialist.

Disadvantages of decorative mirrors

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The use of mirrors has more advantages than disadvantages in decorating, thankfully. That’s because it will only bring benefits if it’s out of alignment and not adorned with the rest of the house. Therefore, it is good to look for references or, if you prefer, consult an architect or an interior designer to draw a project. One of the biggest disadvantages is its fragility. Check out this and other cons:

  1. Fragility: One of the biggest disadvantages of mirrors is handling. As the accessory is fragile, any breakage requires the replacement of the entire piece. In homes with children, it is worth analyzing the place where it will be installed.
  2. Excesses: when poorly positioned and in an environment with many decorative objects, the mirror can reflect excessively the lighting, in addition to overloading the room and causing a feeling of discomfort.
  3. Location: the choice of the wall where the mirror will be placed is very important, as moisture can damage it, depending on the material, such as a silver frame, for example. To avoid valuing faults, it must be in accordance with the rest of the decoration.

The excess of mirrors can eliminate the identity of the environment, as, as the architect explains, “it leaves aside the air of exclusivity and takes the highlight out of a given environment to become standard covering, which is not advisable”. Elton Carlos, from Hamby Arquitetura, adds: “its use must always be linked to a goal”.

Although there is no specific rule for the use of mirrors in decoration, planning the environment can make all the difference in the aesthetic result. The choice of style, size, models and colors must be in harmony with all the elements that make up the look. “Use common sense, creativity and seek references for use in the media, so you will have the decoration tailored to your style. Mirrors are beautiful, intriguing and fundamental pieces in any environment”, concludes Lamed Japer, from Studio Cali.

 

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