Easy DIY: Mirror Groupings
Mar 09, 2010
Finding creative ways to make a big impact with a small amount of money is pretty much the foundation of budget decorating. One trick that almost always works is to use groupings of small objects instead of one or two large objects. If you have a space on a wall that's begging for an interesting focal point, but you don't want to shell out for a large painting or grand mirror, try this trick: mirror groupings.
You can pull off this look with a random collection of mirrors or pieces that have something in common, such as frame color. And it's a collection that's easy to grow, and easy to curate. Mirrors of all styles and eras are plentiful at thrift stores and flea markets. Those with flaws can add to the charm if your style is vintage or eclectic. If you prefer a more polished and uniform look, paint the frames all the same color. Or collect only one shape: rectangular, round, oval, fancy.
Don't expect to go out and finish this project in a weekend. Take your time and let the collection evolve and grow. Whatever you do, don't buy a coordinated set if you want a collected look. Here's some inspiration.
White on off-white was the perfect color choice for this filigreed collection. The subtlety of the colors lets the intricacy of the frames stand out. Photo: flickr user kimhas7cats.
Don't be too rigid with the arrangement. At left, the grouping showcases variety in shape and size but keeps a consistent color scheme. At right, round mirrors look beautiful in a linear arrangement on photo ledges. Photos: Martha Stewart Living.
A sparse grouping makes a subtle, artsy statement. Photo: via Remodelista.
Paint frames a bright color for major impact. The idea of consistent color is especially important where more than one collection is displayed. Photo: via AStorybookLife.
HOW TO ARRANGE A GROUPING OF MIRRORS ON THE WALL
- Lay each mirror on a piece of newspaper or kraft paper. Roughly trace its outline and cut it out.
- Arrange the paper outlines on the wall with low-tack artist's tape. Move everything around until you're happy with the arrangement.
- On the back of each mirror, determine the placement of its hanger and hammer a nail or picture hanger into the wall through the corresponding paper outline.
- Tear paper away, then hang mirrors in place.
You might be surprised what kind of collection you already have in your home, just waiting for its moment to shine! Have me over for a "Work with me, here" session, and I'll look at your stuff with a fresh eye and help you redesign your room using only the things you already own. Sounds impossible, I know. Trust me, it works! Email me for more details.—Diane
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