Mirrors are great accessories to use because they are inexpensive, reflect light, and make a space appear larger. In order to do this, they have to be chosen and placed carefully. The most common problems in decorating with mirrors are:
Putting a mirror where it reflects a blank or unattractive view
The wall on which you are placing it may be a beautiful location, but if it mirrors back a dark hallway, half a closet door, or a flat bland nothing, it will not have the desired effect. Check the view inside the frame before you hang. Reflecting exterior views, brilliant light fixtures, or open spaces will get the desired result.
Using the wrong size or shape of mirror for the area
Framed mirrors above a bathroom vanity are particularly susceptible to this problem. A round mirror may look great in the catalog, but it greatly limits the usable space and placement. In this example a client found this mirror and wanted to use it above the vanity in a secondary children’s bath, instead of the custom-framed rectangular mirror that was originally planned in the design. As you can see, with the offset sink, the alignment is awkward, and the child will have to be a teen-ager before they can see their face in the mirror.
Don’t use multiple mirrors scattered throughout the room
This can happen without thinking in a bedroom, for example, where matching dresser mirrors, full-length cheval mirrors, and decorative wall mirrors all collide. It can look like a fun house. Pick the best location to use one great mirror. Then, select other accents for the remaining walls from framed art, plates, or iron sculpture.