How To Incorporate Mirrors Into Interiors
Framed mirrors are a great tool for interior designers, creating functional space fillers in awkward alcoves or statement pieces of decoration for a real wow factor! In this guide, our Senior Framing Consultant Tim Blake discusses his favourite design options and installation ideas for incorporating framed mirrors into any design scheme ...
Convex or concave mirrors
Whilst this might sound a bit camera obscura, a convex or concave mirror is a fantastic way to open up a space and maximise on the light in an unusual shaped room. These mirrors work best when hung opposite a beautiful work of art, reflecting and distorting the image to create an interesting dialogue across the room.
Recycling old frames
Anyone who has ever visited an antique market or a quirky charity shop will have stumbled across beautiful old frames, crumbling at the edges but still with a real sense of character. Whilst these frames will sadly be of no use to frame and protect a piece of fine art, they are ideal for use with an antique mirror! Recycle and revitalise your ageing frames and give them a new lease of life.
Bevelled frame Mirrors
This modern profile shape is a beautiful way to add interest to the standard wooden mirror frame. Bevels can be cut to diverse angles and look most effective when cut into dark wood stained to a deep, rich finish.
The classic technique of installing fine art in a ‘salon’ formation can also work beautifully with mirrors! If you have a series of frames in different shapes and styles but no artworks for inside, you can combine them on a single wall space to create a beautiful and quirky decorative feature which will also inject more light into your space.
Ask a woman to picture her ideal dressing room and it will no doubt feature a stunning free-standing mirror. These large designs can be painted to seamlessly meld into the colour scheme and decor of your space.
Welded Aluminium Tray Frame Mirrors
A welded aluminium tray frame is the ideal way to present clean, angular mirror shapes selected for a slick interior design. Aluminium can be polished or brushed to your desired finish and is most comfortable in a bright, minimal and super contemporary pad – effortlessly cool.
Bored of the same old rectangular design? Unusual shaped mirrors can be a great way to extend pattern motifs present within other fabrics and furnishings in your interior design. Circular mirrors look stunning on canal boats, yachts or any space with a nautical theme!
Slim wall spaces and alcoves
Slim wall spaces or alcoves can appear lonely and unfinished when left bare, but often lack the space required to really give a work of art room to breathe. Long, stretched mirrors can provide an ideal solution, visually expanding the space and providing that much needed finishing touch. We recommend sticking to a slim, square profile frame shape which will not clutter your limited wall space.
French themed ornate frame designs look beautiful in a classical, luxury space. The added carving or hand-painted details mean that this type of mirror is a work of art in itself and must be afforded adequate wall space to shine. Team this frame style with a fading antique mirror to create a vintage, antique feel which oozes glamour.