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  • How to decorate with mirrors in the living room

    Often used both for functional and decorative purposes
    in areas such as bathrooms and bedrooms, mirrors can enhance virtually any space in
    your home. When it comes to your living room, you may have already selected
    chairs, bookcases, pictures, ornaments, lights and other pieces of furniture to
    lift the look and feel of the space, but you may be wondering what you can add
    as a final component to tie it all together.

    An attractive mirror could be the answer. These accessories possess many benefits, such as making rooms lighter, creating an illusion of extra space, and covering up any unwanted imperfections. In this guide, we look at how you could introduce a mirror into your living room and how doing so could take your interior design to the next level.

    How to hang a mirror on a wall

    In a bedroom, freestanding mirrors can help to accentuate the space and give you a chance to see how you look in your outfits from top to toe. However, in a living room, a mirror is generally better suited to being hung on a wall. Whether it’s positioned opposite a window to bounce more natural light around the room or to work alongside other mirrors in an interesting pattern, you’ll need to make sure that your mirror is firmly secured on the wall.

    To hang a mirror:

    1. Start by planning where you want it to go and check that nothing is behind this space in the wall that could prevent you from hanging it. There are tools that you can use to scan the chosen area. This equipment will alert you to any live wires or pipes that could potentially harm or obstruct you during the process of hanging your mirror.
    2. Hold your mirror up to the wall and mark where you want it to go with a pencil. The marking will either be an indication of the top of the mirror, the sides of the mirror or where the nail will go behind the mirror.
    3. At this point, you can choose how you want to hang your mirror. There are a number of methods, and some mirrors are fitted with a small hook on the back to save you the trouble of deciding the most appropriate option. However, in terms of large or awkwardly-shaped mirrors, it would be advisable to put a hook on either side of the mirror about a third of the way down the frame. Hammer a nail into the wall a few inches down from the top centre of where you want the mirror to go. You can then attach string to the hooks, allowing it to flow down by a couple of inches, and use it to suspend the mirror from the nail.
    4. Once you’ve hung the mirror, check that it’s straight by using a spirit level. If the mirror isn’t completely flat to the wall, you can secure it by putting mirror hanging strips, adhesive tape or even something as simple as Blu Tack in the corners or several areas along the back. Just be aware of how these methods might mark your wallpaper.

    A living room with a decorative mirror hung on the wall.

    A comfortable sofa and modern decor.

    Although this is the most traditional method of hanging
    a mirror, there are other techniques that are better suited to mirrors of
    different shapes, sizes and styles. Read on for help on hanging your mirror to
    a door or tiles, or hanging a frameless mirror.I

    How to attach a mirror to a wardrobe door

    Attaching mirrors to wardrobes, cabinets or other pieces
    of furniture designed for storage is often something done in bedrooms. However,
    as some living rooms also have these items of furniture, it’s a worthwhile
    consideration if you feel that a mirror would upgrade your furniture or
    disguise imperfections.

    How you attach the mirror onto the door of your wardrobe
    will depend on the mirror itself and the type of wood you’re fitting it to. For
    example, if you’re looking to fit a frameless mirror to a thin, hollow door,
    you could use an adhesive glue as long as you’re happy for the mirror to be
    permanently attached to the door. If you’re fitting a framed mirror on a thick
    door, you would be able to fit the mirror using small screws or nails
    connecting the mirror to the door through the frame.

    How to mount a mirror on tiles

    Tiles are rare in living rooms, but if the downstairs of
    your home is open plan or if you have a tiled wall for contrast, you may need
    help with hanging a mirror. Obviously, the concern with hanging a mirror on a
    tiled wall is that the tiles will split, crack and suffer damage.

    However, you’re actually able to use the same steps as
    you would for hanging a mirror using hooks and a nail as long as you use a
    drill bit that is designed for penetrating tile without damaging it.

    When it comes to drilling the hole (or holes if you’re
    mounting your mirror in a different way), you should start by wetting the drill
    bit before carefully drilling into the tile. To minimise the risk of damage,
    take regular breaks and apply more water during the drilling process to cool it
    down. After drilling the hole, you should fit a wall plug as this will help to
    prevent any damage once the nail or screw is fitted.

    How to hang a frameless mirror on a wall

    A frameless mirror can offer a luxurious appearance, easy maintenance and, because it has no frame, it can be simpler to hang as it’s likely to be lighter. Without a frame, however, you can’t simply attach hooks to the back and suspend the mirror from a nail in the wall as this would result in damage to the mirror. Alternative solutions such as adhesive tape or mirror hanging strips are quick and easy to use and, providing you fit them correctly, they’re just as reliable as nails. You could also consider an adhesive sealant, but this is a more permanent option and your wall is likely to be seriously damaged if you attempt to remove the mirror in the future.

    Fern xx

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  •  Should you put a rug under a dining room table

    Rugs in dining rooms tend to divide opinion. Some people swear by a rug under their dining table, offering practical benefits as well as aesthetic, whereas other homeowners think it’s a real no-no. But which is the right option for your home?

    Rugs under dining tables - the pros and cons

    There are two main things to consider when deciding whether or not a dining room rug is the right choice for you - practicality and aesthetics.

    On the practical side, a rug under your dining table can easily become dirty or stained, particularly if you have children. You can overcome this issue by choosing a rug in a dark colour, or one with a pattern which distracts the eye. Clean and vacuum regularly and you can keep the rug in good condition.

    Some people find that a rug under the dining table makes it difficult to move their chairs in and out - when sitting down and getting up from the table. Whether this will affect you very much depends on the rug you choose, but there is another side to consider. If you’re not a fan of the scraping noise that metal or wood dining chairs can make on wood or tile floors, a rug is the ideal solution.

    It can also be very pleasant to have a thick or fluffy rug under your feet while you eat. This can make the dining table more usable for a wider range of activities, from lazy Sunday breakfasts to doing homework after school, dinner parties to board game evenings.

    On the aesthetic side of things, a rug can add a huge amount of visual appeal to a room. It can create a frame or a border for the dining table, making a focal point within the room and a real feature of the dining room. Rugs are so important in large or open plan spaces, as they help to ‘zone off’ different areas (such as the dining area). You can use a large area rug, along with smart lighting choices, to create a space within a space. If you have a large room and you’re worried about it feeling cavernous or confused, a beautiful area rug can work wonders.

    large wooden table with two statement lights above it and a black rug underneath it.

     

    How to choose a dining room rug

    If you’re ready to take the plunge and pick out a beautiful new rug for your dining table, bear the following in mind:

    • Go larger than you think you need. When it comes to area rugs, bigger is usually better. A rug that exactly fits or is only just larger than an area rug can look a little odd, as the proportions will be out of balance. However, a generous rug that extends quite a way from the table looks luxurious and creates a dedicated dining space. It’s also practical, as it gives extra space for dining chairs to be pulled out (without the legs bumping onto the hard floor).

     

    • Durability is key. The rug under your dining table will have to put up with a lot of use, so it needs to be up to the job. Chair legs will be constantly scraped back and forward, and the table legs themselves may start to leave dents in the floor - many fragile or very expensive rugs may not be able to withstand this kind of use. You might want to look at rugs that have been specially made for patios or outdoor areas, or at least ones that aren’t too delicate or at risk from fraying or damage.

     

    • Choose a camouflaging pattern. You don’t want to be terrified of spills and stains on your pristine cream rug every time friends or family come over, so it’s best to choose a dark coloured patterned rug. This will camouflage any stains and spills nicely.

     

    How to measure a rug for a dining room table

    If you have your heart set on an area rug, it’s time to start measuring. It’s always a good idea to measure up before buying a rug, just so you can double-check that it fits properly and the finished look is what you imagined. As above, be generous with the amount of space you leave around your dining table. If you haven’t yet bought either dining table or rug, you could find that it helps to measure the room first, and then factor in the size of rug and table you have in mind.

    If you’re having trouble picturing what your new rug will look like, why not mark it out on the floor? Use something temporary like chalk or tape, and mark the outlines of your rug with the dining table in the middle. You can move and adjust as you like, noting down measurements for a custom rug or double-checking that a rug you like will be perfect for the space.

    Fern xx

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