Updating mirrored walls

We are buying a home that had several wall to wall, floor to ceiling mirrored walls. I hate to remove all of them. Any ideas on how to update the look and make it work??
q updating mirrored walls, home improvement, large home improvement projects, This is the living room We are removing the carpet which has hard wood floors underneath and painting the walls a tan color
This is the living room. We are removing the carpet which has hard wood floors underneath and painting the walls a tan color
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 20, 2016
  • Pam11816668 Pam11816668 on Sep 20, 2016
    My sister put a up dated designer wall paper on hers...looks good. I'm looking at wall murals for mine. Some others I've seen have used material , or even painted them.
  • Judith Cassidy Judith Cassidy on Sep 20, 2016
    use glass paint and put a design on it a friend of mine painted a mural on her mirrored walls and it was beautiful
  • Dalethomason Dalethomason on Sep 20, 2016
    I suspect the mirrors help make the space brighter and you may want to wait until you live with it and the lovely hard wood floors for a while... I like my sister in laws entry with a mirror wall - it faces north and would be very dark without the mirror wall.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 20, 2016
    It depends on your style of decorating, but I have seen a beautiful wall of mirrors with either white or pale gray painted lattice work sections applied. You can also stain the lattice with a wood stain compatible with your hardwood floors. The lattice work was framed and applied in front of the mirrors so that it could be removed if desired. After the lattice work is put up, you can arrange pictures on it, seasonal silk floral arrangements, wreaths, and decor, or make part of it a gallery wall. The light of the mirrors will still be reflected through the lattice. I would love to do this to a wall of mirrors. Mirrors are expensive and offer so many decorating possibilities. Please don't take them down.
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Sep 20, 2016
    Mirrors drive me nuts...I am forever catching glimpses of my mother staring back at me, but for someone who isn't as phobic as I am there are some pretty cute ideas out there: http://tinyurl.com/gluf7c6 I particularly like the ones with the trellis on it.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 23, 2016
    Cover all but one section of the mirror in the covering of your choice--wallpaper, paint, bead board, etc. Leave that one section open to form a rectangular 'mirror' and then paint moulding strips and frame out that portion of the mirror--be sure and paint both sides of the strips since the back side of them will be reflected in the mirror. This way, you will have a wall with a large mirror instead of an entire mirrored wall.-(you can glue sheets of bead board to the glass and put trim to cover the raw edges)
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 30, 2016
    Book shelving, some with open display and some with closed backing. Easy to custom build yourself or buy Ikea type units and custom and/or trimout as you choose.
  • Elaine Elaine on Oct 01, 2016
    I once had a very small living room (east facing) and mirrored one entire wall that opposite the wall that had the front windows. The effect brought the "outside" in and really bounced the light around the room and visually enlarged it. I loved it but I understand your dilemma if a room has more than ONE wall mirrored. I like the lattice suggestion made by one of the readers but why don't you browse through Houzz before you make any moves you might regret. Type in "mirrored living rooms" or "dining room" - or whatever room bugs you the most and see their ideas first.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 01, 2016
    I've seen a Dr. office that used mirrors to look like windows,with a set of tie-back curtains on the wall. You could put pictures in to make it look like a view. I like the idea of lattice work done to the mirror. I'd be adding some kind of flowering vine to it. I also like the mural walls. If you attach the panels so that they are not permanent you could change/move them when you wanted something else.
  • Tig8813372 Tig8813372 on Oct 02, 2016
    You could use a stencil and maybe do a small section with poster paint first before using an acrylic to see if you liked it. (You could easily wash the poster paint away, if you didn't). There was a post here on Hometalk where a lady redid her bathroom with a large, repeating stencil which was stunning. I think it would adapt really well here. Breaking up the reflective with a possibly matte color.