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Decorative Mirrors

Decorative mirrors add interest and beauty to any room. They can make a room seem larger and brighter by reflecting light. Mirrors come in many sizes and shapes. They can be framed with wood, metal, plastic or plaster. Unframed mirrors come in a variety of graceful shapes; they are often engraved with intriguing designs. The following should be considered when buying mirrors:

  • Measure the space where the mirror is to be hung carefully. The mirror should be neither too small (so that it looks insignificant) nor too big (so that it overwhelms the space.)
  • Consider whether you want the edges of the mirror beveled. Beveling finishes off the edge of an unframed mirror. It also prevents the back of any frame from reflecting in the mirror. For a more antique look do not use beveling.
  • Check to see if the mirror should be hung horizontally or vertically. Many mirrors can be hung either way, but some definitely have a top and a bottom.
  • Some mirrors are mounted so that they can tilt up or down for different viewing angles.
  • Make sure the style of the frame suits the effect you wish to achieve in the room.

For a special effect, consider hanging a collection of small mirrors of different sizes together on one wall.

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