1. Decide on the Thickness
When buying a mirror, one of the features to check is the thickness. The thicker the mirror, the more expensive it will be.
The thinnest mirrors measure around 2.5mm to 3mm in thickness. Small bathroom and dresser mirrors are often this thin. For bigger vanity and decorative mirrors, the average thickness is between 4mm and 6mm. For much larger decorative mirrors, the glass can be as thick as 9mm. For projects such as a kitchen backsplash or a mirror accent wall, talk with your contractor to figure out the best thickness. For smaller projects, the average 4mm-6mm thickness is good enough.
Also consider the thickness of the framing. Thin frames tend to have a sleek modern look and are better for expanding a room visually. Thicker and wider frames on the other hand cast a homely country feel.
2. Use Mirrors to make the Room Feel Larger
If you have a room that feels small and stuffy, mirrors will come to your rescue. Put one large one on the wall or hang two big ones on opposite walls. The mirrors create the perception of depth and expansiveness. If you have a window in the room, put the mirror opposite it. By reflecting the light coming in, it will create an airier and lighter space.
3. You Don’t Have to Hang it
Yes, you don’t have to hang a mirror. One alternative is to place a full-size framed mirror on the floor and let it lean against the wall. This is especially ideal for bedrooms. Place the mirror at the end of the bed or beside it. You can also position it opposite a piece of art you want reflected back at you.
4. More Mirrors for a Bigger Space
If you have an expansive living room, hang more mirrors to match. They can even be identical, hang in symmetry across the wall. Make sure the mirrors align with something in the room such as the sofa, a dining table or the windows on the opposite wall.
For smaller spaces, be careful not to overwhelm the room with too many or excessively large mirrors. It might fill more like funhouse than a home.
5. Don’t be Afraid to be Unique
Some of the mirror ideas are out of this world–they include unusually shaped mirrors and intricate designs that seem straight out of an engineering workshop. So don’t be afraid to go for the unusual. If it captures your heart and personality unlike anything else you have seen, go for it. If anything, it will provide a conversation starter for guests.
So remember, mirrors are an easy and inexpensive way to add some style to a space.
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