Large wall mirrors come in various styles, colors, shapes and finishes – options range from simple, square shaped mirrors crafted from wood, glass or metal to artistic, round shaped mirrors with abstract designs. Mirrors naturally lend themselves to decorating, as they are a focal point that draws attention to a space. As a general rule, it's a good idea to select mirror frames with at least some decorative features, if not the entire frame itself. Here are some things to consider when shopping for large wall mirrors:
Frame material: When it comes to frames, mirrors should reflect light in a way that will look great both in large spaces like living rooms, bedrooms and hallways, or smaller spaces like bathrooms and entryways. A lot of people prefer wrought iron for their frames. However, other choices include metals like acrylic and plastic, as well as wood. The choice is ultimately up to you.
Size: One of the most important things to consider when buying a large wall mirror is the size of your frame. To get an accurate measurement, take a tape measure and draw a straight line down the middle of the mirror. That's the size of the frame you need. However, don't forget to include the width of the frame, which is half the width of the mirror. Remember to leave extra room for furniture on both sides of the frame.
Type: Another thing to consider when buying a large wall mirror is the type of mirror you need. Do you want a simple, clear frame, or something more elaborate? Perhaps you'd like a mirrored table top or bookcase, or perhaps you'd prefer one with a frame made from intricate wood. Mirrors can be made from metal, glass, wood or combinations of these materials, and they come in many sizes and shapes. Think about the styles that would look best in your room, and choose the one that will best coordinate with your existing furnishings.
Mood: A large wall mirror can be great for your bedroom or bathroom. If you have a large mirror but no other furnishing in that room, consider adding a complimentary piece next to it. A wide, mirrored window gives you plenty of light and reflectors, which will brighten up your room instantly. If your room has a rustic feel to it, a wrought iron or wooden mirror would add charm.
Position: Where a large wall mirror will be most effective is on a wall that faces a door. This will provide the mirror with the best peripheral view of the room, and it will also provide the most balance. You'll also want to place it where it will be easy for guests to see it, but not too near to a doorway, since people may be embarrassed to look at a busy mirror. A mirror placed too close can cause a room to seem smaller than it actually is. The trick is to place it where it will make the room look larger, without making things feel cramped or closed off from the rest of the house.
Size: Make sure that the size of the mirror you buy fits in with your room. For example, if your bedroom is large, it's likely that a large wall mirror won't look right. Conversely, a small room can use a large mirror without making the space feels cramped. It's important to get the right size, though, since a poorly sized mirror can be a waste of money. Getting a mirror that is too big or too small, won't look right in the end and could leave your home looking cheap.
Quality: Because mirrors tend to be expensive furniture, it's important to consider the quality of the product before you purchase it. Bigger mirrors often cost more, but they might be worth paying up front in order to own a beautiful mirror that you can enjoy for many years to come. A mirror that is made of high quality materials, like wood, will last for years and will have virtually no defects or blemishes. You can even have mirrors painted specifically to match the color of the walls. These kinds of large wall mirrors will usually cost more, but they can be well worth the money if they last for a long time.