Are Mirrored Walls Out Of Style?
Mirrors give inhabitants a way to look at their outfits or check their general appearance overall. Mirrors have other applications, too, from providing vision for cars via rearview mirrors, side mirrors. Dentists also use them to check the upper set of teeth.
In the interior design world, mirrors have a unique function. Mirrors create space in an otherwise cramped room by creating an illusion of extra space. Used right, they can also be great ways to redistribute both natural and artificial light.
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What Is A Mirrored Wall?
As the name suggests, mirrored walls are mirrors mounted on a wall that spans either the total height, width, or both. Mirrored walls became a popular design choice between the 70s and the 90s. However, contrary to popular belief, mirrored walls are not outdated, and interior designers use them in various settings.
A single wall mirror can make a difference in a room. For example, if you find yourself renting an apartment with no windows, a small mirror will act as an extension outside your room, making it look less drab.
Wall Mirror Placement
Here are some ideas on how to place a full-length mirror to its full advantage.
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Place mirrors opposite the largest window.
Mounting a full length wall mirror across the largest window creates a “secondary” window. It also redistributes natural light coming from that source. Large windows that show a scenic view of a beach or grassland become more miniature paintings on wall mirrors that aren’t full length. Use this to your advantage.
Place mirrors to lengthen or widen a corridor.
Wall mirrors placed along or at the end of a hallway create the illusion that the corridor is longer or wider than it seems. They’re great alternatives to paintings, only if there are already many decors, such as a side table with many ornaments or indoor plants. Use a balance between decorative art and mirrors.
Place full-length mirrors on the upper half of a wall.
Except when you want to be looking at your shoes before you go out, the better design choice is to put full-length mirrors up high. If your house has a chandelier, a full length mirror doubles the elegance of the ceiling piece. It also helps spread artificial light, saving you tons of electricity and making your room look brighter.
Place full-length mirrors on a large wall.
A mirrored wall doesn’t have to cover the entirety of a room’s wall. A floor-to-ceiling vertical wall mirror creates two sections, making it less boring. This design choice might change when you put more things inside a room, but for spaces that look awkward with too many items, a wall mirror of this style becomes the ideal choice.
Use tiled wall mirrors as an art substitute.
If you can’t decide on what piece of art to hang on your wall, tiled wall mirrors might work. Wall mirrors come in various shapes and sizes, not just the default floor to ceiling configuration or wall-to-wall width size. So if one side of your room is heavily decorated and another is just a blank wall, put the tiled mirror pieces on the latter. It “breaks” the wall while reflecting some colors and patterns.
These are just some of the ways you can place mirrors inside a room. There are several other ways to position mirrors, and you can experiment with placement. Just remember that mirrors act like small windows – they create additional space and help bounce around light.
How much does a mirrored wall cost?
Mirrored walls are priced per square foot or by a quarter inch. The average price for a square foot of a mirror can vary from $5 to $20. Wall mirrors also differ in price based on the thickness of the material used.
Most mirrors have the same composition, but pricier mirrors use a reflective coating that doesn’t fade as quickly as regular mirrors. In addition, some mirrors might have additional properties like scratch resistance or resistance against corrosion.
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How do you build a Mirrored wall?
If you have equipment for cutting glass or mirrors, you can make a DIY mirrored wall. Installation of a mirrored wall also is complicated, so it might be better to leave it to professionals. Installing a mirrored wall has considerations, and you don’t want to incorrectly install it and find out years later that the reflection becomes distorted.
How do you decorate a mirrored wall?
Say you just bought a loft in Los Angeles, and you have a massive wall mirror that isn’t placed optimally. What you can do is put printed curtains on the sides to make it more aesthetic. Establishing a natural barrier like a table in front of the wall mirror ensures you don’t run into it and break it by accident.
Indoor plants also act as a natural barrier and function the same way as a table does. If you’re ambitious, you can place a sectional instead of a table so it can act as a wider barrier. Decorating a mirrored wall comes down to decorating a room, reflecting nicely on a mirrored wall.