Choosing the Right Mirror – Part Three

Vertical Mirrors

Instead of hanging a mirror horizontally and conventionally over the fireplace in your living room or dining room, you can completely change the aesthetics of your home…

…and your mirror by hanging it vertically, or the ‘wrong way round’, over a sideboard or a console table. This arrangement, with the mirror perhaps opposite to the doorway to the next room, will elongate your room and also accentuate a room’s high ceiling and seem to add height to the walls in rooms with lower ceilings. One other benefit of hanging your mirror vertically, particularly for dining room mirrors, is that hanging your mirror vertically will make your reflection look considerably thinner than it would in a mirror that was hung in the more traditional horizontal fashion.

Glamour and Art Deco Mirrors

If you ever happen to watch any old, black-and-white films, you may well see a living room or a boudoir with a mirror that bears this sort of design. Art Deco began, as with many things in the world of fashion and design, in France, shortly after the First World War. It became massively popular around the world during the 20s, 30s & 40s before going out of fashion after the Second World War.

Still widely available, Art Deco mirrors can look clean and modern, and – depending on the design – slightly antiquated at the same time. They can appear particularly seemly when hung over fireplaces. Shiny Art Deco materials such as chrome, black glass, and blue mirrors, coupled with Art Deco’s characteristic rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation can really add a sense of assertive beauty to your room.