We do not discover America when we say that mirrors are a key element in interior decoration. Either because of its geometry, because of its potential to expand space, because they multiply light like no other element or simply for pure aesthetics, the truth is that there are a thousand ways to decorate with mirrors, as we have already made clear more than once.
However, this time we are going to focus on a particular way of using this decorative accessory: in multiple mirror formats. A particularly suitable option to achieve symmetrical, harmonious and elegant environments that highlight the beauty of our homes.
Decorating with multiple mirrors
Decorating with multiple mirrors is one of the most traditional ways of using this decorative complement, very characteristic of classic environments and palatial homes, especially in large format and separated from each other by some architectural element (such as fireplaces or windows). However, applying a few tricks or varying the shape or type of frame, we can use them in homes of all styles, from the most vintage to the most minimalist.
Let’s see all the possibilities and design that multiple mirror decoration offers so that you can be inspired when choosing both the model and the appropriate location.
Large, small or medium. Your choice will depend on the space you have, the height of the ceilings and your own preferences.
Large size mirror
Large-format mirrors, which reach practically from floor to ceiling, are very appropriate for stately homes because they enhance their height. If this is not your case, but you are attracted to large mirrors, try placing them flat on the ground and you will achieve a similar effect.
Medium size mirror
The medium mirrors are ideal when you decant for round formats or to place a dresser or console on a sofa as well as any bathroom space with double sink.
Small size mirror
On the other hand, small mirrors are less common in a pair format, since when they are used, the multiple format is usually used (many small mirrors scattered on the wall) or accompanied by larger ones.
The shape of the mirror is one of the properties of this accessory that will most determine the perception of the environment and the decorative style. Let’s see the most common.
Ideal for medium formats, circular mirrors are a trend today thanks in part to the resurgence of some iconic elements of the twentieth century, such as the Adnet mirror, or some styles such as retro.
When used in two, the symmetrical trend (typical of classic spaces or bathrooms) or asymmetry is generally chosen, in general opting in this case for two round mirrors of different sizes. The informal and fun aspect of this format undoubtedly helps to achieve an atmosphere with a youthful touch in the latter case.
Horizontally or vertically, everything will depend on the space you want to cover, the piece of furniture on which it is placed and the size of the mirrors.
Always think about the wall space to be covered and place them one along with other or one next to other, according to your preferences.
The grid format is a very decorative option and a very interesting idea to cover large free spaces in walls or ceilings.
They can be done either by means of a large mirror to which wooden or lacquer joint in a grid format, or by means of an iron or similar grid to which are then placed in smaller mirrors.
It is very typical of classic-style spaces and window mirrors.
Other mirror formats
Square, oval, hexagonal, with pointed arches or in a multitude of organic shapes: the possibilities are endless.
Multiple Mirror Placement
Once you have chosen the size and format, now choose the placement mode. Depending on the space to be decorated and on personal circumstances (if we live in a rented apartment or have plasterboard walls that we prefer not to drill, we will choose one or the other option).
Hanging on the wall
Ideal for decorating sideboards, consoles and walls of the living room or dining room with medium format mirrors, it is the most common placement in all homes.
It is also possible to use it with large-format mirrors, although in this case it will be necessary to pay attention to their weight and the type of wall, since not all of them are suitable.
Supported on the ground
Simple, comfortable and flexible. Ideal for when we do not want or can drill the wall or for when we want the freedom to change them whenever we want.
Both in bedrooms and living rooms, this placement is especially suitable for pairs of rectangular-shaped mirrors.
Supported on a piece of furniture
Another option to decorate sideboards, consoles or shelves is to support them directly on the furniture. This gives it an informal and dynamic point that breaks the seriousness of the double mirror symmetry.
Together or apart?
In addition to the chosen support, when placing multiple mirrors it is also necessary to consider whether to place them together or separately. The choice of one or the other will completely change the character of the space.
Next to each other
Placing the mirrors together is the most common option when decorating sideboards, consoles, sofas, double sinks or simply when using diptych mirrors.
Separated by half
The placement of mirrors in this way can be forced by circumstances (a central element that acts as an obstacle, be it a door, a window, a fireplace or a pillar) or deliberately (for example by placing the bed in the middle or a painting between the two mirrors, without any other architectural element preventing the union).
Very common in large homes and clearly associated with the classic style, it nevertheless works equally well in contemporary settings, providing an air of the most sophisticated.
Symmetry or Asymmetry?
Finally, another of the points to take into account when decorating with double mirrors is to opt for symmetry or asymmetry.
Same format, same size, same color and identical distance between them. As we discussed in the first part of this post, symmetry is the main reason for the double mirror. Harmony, elegance and sobriety are what you are looking for.
Although it is less common, sometimes there are those who use the multiple mirrors not because they seek symmetry but simply because they do. If you like two very different mirrors or if you like imperfect spaces, this is your option.
Asymmetry can be achieved in several ways: using two very different mirrors, using the same mirror in a different color, or simply placing the exact same mirror non-symmetrically. The rules are there to break!
In short, both for the bedroom and the bathroom, the living room, the entrance or the dining room, these are some ideas to take advantage of the multiple mirror decoration. Pretty, right?