• How to decorate a plain mirror

    Mirrors are the perfect accessory for making a living space look brighter and more spacious. When chosen and used correctly, a suitable mirror can be capable of bringing all elements of the room together, so it’s no wonder that so many people introduce them into their living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways.

    You can choose the perfect new mirror for you by identifying a desired shape, frame colour and design, but you could also consider making alterations to an existing mirror if it’s not exactly right. Whether you want to change the look of a mirror to suit the colour and design of the room it’s going in, add more vibrance to a dull and lifeless mirror or update a mirror you already own, it’s possible to decorate a mirror in a number of ways to suit the aesthetic you’re going for.

    How to decorate a wall mirror

    If you want to decorate a wall mirror, there are several ways to do it. For example, you could:

    Add a pattern or image to the mirror -

    Print or cut out the outline of a pattern or image and paint over it to leave a unique shape on your mirror. You can do this using paint, spray paint or other arts and crafts materials such as glitter. Then simply remove the stencil to reveal a sleek, handmade design.

    Create a unique frame -

    Using pieces of felt, plastic or even coloured paper, you could create an overlapping pattern along the outside of the mirror to form a makeshift frame. This is especially useful for frameless mirrors, and all you need is a selection of identical pieces of material to create the frame and a glue gun to attach the pieces.

    Fit the mirror into other objects -

    If you no longer like the design of your mirror, you could remove it from the frame, pick an item to work as a new border and simply fix it into position in its new frame. For instance, you could fit your mirror to a luxurious picture frame, or for something a little quirkier, you could secure it in an unexpected item such as the circular section of an old badminton racket.

    Upcycle the mirror into another home accessory -

    Minor alterations could be made to your mirror to turn it into another type of accessory. For instance, If your mirror has an elegant frame, you could add a layer of felt to the back, fix handles to the sides and use it as a tray for serving afternoon tea, displaying other ornaments or showcasing the contents of a dressing table.

    A luxurious mirror hanging on a patterned wall.

    How to disguise a cracked mirror

    Mirror redecoration is often done simply to accentuate or refresh the design of this item. However, if your mirror has become damaged and you want to keep it, you may decide to decorate it as a method of disguising a crack so that you can continue to proudly display it in your home.

    There are several ways of decorating a mirror to cover up flaws. For example, you could attach a pattern of tiles to the affected area and do the same to the opposite side for symmetry. If the crack is in the corner or at one of the sides of the mirror, you could fix a floral arrangement to the mirror or simply place a vase or large ornament in front of it.

    Fern xx

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  • Treat yourself to a stylish mirror in 2021!

    A mirror is a perfect way to brighten up your living space. Whether it’s a classic French leaner or one to hang on the wall. Finding the right piece to match your interior is a key part in turning your house into your home. 

    Rich French carvings inspired by the Louis XV era are a main feature in every leaner mirror we showcase. Creating a sophisticated ambience throughout your home. 

    Our Carved Louis Mirror is available in a classy cream. 

    Or for a contemporary spin in a sleek Silver… 

    For a similar design in a more practical wall mirror try our French Antique Gold Wooden Mirror! Easily expand your room and create the illusion of space.

    If a wooden contemporary look is your preference, then take a look at our Eccelston Round Mirror. Brighter, light atmospheres can be created with a natural wooden finish. Allowing natural light to bounce around the room.

    Our Manhattan Charcoal Round Mirror adds a touch of retro-modern elegance to a sleek interior.

    If you haven't found the piece for you then check out the rest of our range here or give us a call. 

    As always, a complete look requires some coordination across your interior. Try matching the French pieces above with some of our Beaulieu or Sophia range. As for the contemporary interior, we would recommend checking out our Manhattan ranges.

    Our contemporary Manhattan mirror matched with the four poster bed.

    Feel free to browse our catalogue or select any image to view the piece on our website!

    Fern xx

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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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