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Mirror, mirror on the wall, which style is the fairest of them all?

REFLECT YOUR STYLE

There are so many great reasons to decorate with mirrors. They instantly brighten and open up a space, they reflect light, they work in every room of your home. And if you’re nervous about committing to art, they’re a safe, timeless option.

And they’re so versatile. Hang them on the wall, prop one up on the sideboard, or leave it on the floor leaning against the wall.

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When decorating with mirrors, the most important factor to take into account is what it’s going to reflect. Facing a window is our first choice – a great way to bring the outdoors in, and to add instant light. Similarly, if there’s something in the room you love and would like to emphasise – a gorgeous artwork, a statement piece of furniture – then simply position the mirror to reflect it. Double the joy. But the same principle applies when it’s facing something not quite as attractive … so beware of placing it opposite a boring wall or unattractive view.

Mirrors are perfect to give the room a focal point. Above a mantle or sideboard or the entrance hall table, all you need to do is pop a sconce or a piece of art on either side (measured to within an inch of their lives … exact symmetry is everything), and voila.

Equally eye-catching is a wall of different mirrors – various sizes, shapes and finishes – providing they are all the same style, it’s an exceptional focus piece. Again, precise measurement is essential, and the rooms need to be fairly uncluttered, or it may all get a bit much!

In the case of mirrors, size really does count. So think big, bigger, best. And don’t be nervous to go oversize in small rooms or spaces, either … they create the illusion of space, so a small room will appear to be much larger. Long, full-length mirrors are also great left on the floor and leaning against the wall … stylish, elegant and useful. Great in a bedroom, or in a skinny passageway.

If not being hung – or leaned – at a particular height for a specific reason, hang them as you would artwork … at eye level.

Modern, classic and antique, crystal-clear glass or a smoky, moody option … mirrors can add style, or create one.

 

Old world elegance and glamour … this Liberty mirror is right up there at the top of the decor style trends. Oversized round mirror – tick. R2495, blockandchisel.co.za

If you’re looking to make a statement, you don’t need to go much further than this glam, gold Geneva mirror … small round mirrors connect to form an eye-catching, contemporary showpiece. R3895, blockandchisel.co.za

Love these two … loads of charm and character. The soft oval mirror and the wood and bone one (with each mirror slightly varied due to the nature of the reclaimed wood) cost R2999 each, from cecileandboyds.com

Understated, classic, useful, this leaning mirror is a marvellous bedroom option. R4499 from home.co.za

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