How to decorate a mirror?


I purchased a mirror 30x40 inches to increase the light in my living room. After hanging it to reflect the windows light from the one corner or the room; the mirror was too plain. I choose the size because it is on the wall by one step going into the kitchen. Living room furnishings are traditional style, beige walls, green wing back chair by fireplace and floral couch (pinkish/coral with pale green) Some wrought Iron accent tables pieces in room, Tiffany lamps and gold color lamps bases. Thanks,

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  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Nov 02, 2018

    Wish you had included a photo because that helps A LOT. Having said that, you didn't include whether or not the mirror has a frame. If it doesn't then... frame it! Install a couple of decorative sconce type pieces on either side. Or, better yet, use some 'floating' shelves on the sides and beneath it and place accent pieces on them. It will create a whole new space.

    • JR Breese JR Breese on Nov 04, 2018

      Thank you for your reply. I took this photo to give you a better idea of the location of the mirror. It came with a frame that has pale gold rubbings on the dark color.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 02, 2018

    Here are several projects on the subject. Maybe one will suit you.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 02, 2018

    Hi JR. You can get some molding from the home improvement store, make sure it has a lip on the back, measure and miter the corners then glue it onto your mirror. You can get white, or wood and paint it to match your room. It comes in various widths and designs. Good luck

  • Gail Morey Gail Morey on Nov 03, 2018

    I saw a mirror on Pottery Barn years ago that was too much for my budget. I bought an inexpensive plain mirror with a wood frame, and spruced it up. I used lace, and string of beads (like the ones you find at Christmas), and glued them on. I finished it off with silver leaf. My copy looked pretty much like the Pottery Barn one at a fraction of the cost.

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    • Gail Morey Gail Morey on Nov 04, 2018

      I took a picture, but I can't figure how to upload it to Home Talk. I was not born with the tech gene, but give me a cordless drill, and I'm good to go. If you send me your email address, I can forward it to you that way.


  • Karen Leveen Karen Leveen on Nov 03, 2018

    Yes a pic would have halped. Agree with a frame. Also think about framing it with mitered mirror strips.

  • Shirley Shirley on Nov 03, 2018

    There are pretty window clings that you could use (sparingly) to add some color.

    • JR Breese JR Breese on Nov 04, 2018

      I purchased some corner decals that simulate frosted glass with a small flower design, but have not put them on yet. They are removable, but not sure if I could reapply them again, if I changed my mind. Thanks for you help.

  • Malina Fuller Malina Fuller on Nov 04, 2018

    If if you like painting get some window paint and some stencils if you can't draw and just put a scene on the mirror

    • JR Breese JR Breese on Nov 04, 2018

      Sorry, I have trouble drawing stick people!! Thanks, however for your suggestion.

  • Judith Judith on Nov 04, 2018

    Don't know what you have now, but sometimes just adding a frame can dress up a mirror. Purchase a ready made from Michael's or A.C. Moore using a coupon, and glue it securely to the mirror.

    • JR Breese JR Breese on Nov 04, 2018

      Thanks, but now that I have a pic you can see that I have a it has a frame.

  • Judith Judith on Nov 04, 2018

    Don't know how you feel about fabric flowers and leaves; but, since most other visuals in that area are sort of square and brown wood (mirror frame, cabinets, piano), maybe something with a more organic shape would lend some balance -- something like silk ivy vine draped over or wrapped around the mirror frame? That would also sort of coordinate with your kitchen border, which is visible through the pass through. If not that, I'd choose a different shaped mirror frame. I love that the mirror reflects your windows!!!

  • Wynne Wigderson Wynne Wigderson on Nov 05, 2018

    I don’t know if they still sell them but years ago it use to be called crackled mirrors which looked like they had cracks ( black or gold or silver) that you could do a large wall with. My sister who had a very dark living room used these mirrors & panels of wood down the whole one wall. It looked super & gave the room much needed light!

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 06, 2018

    Why not add some small , 3D acanthus leaves made from wood to each corner, then paint them with gold (bright or burnished) paint and add flecks of black in the detailed areas.

    You should be able to locate trim pieces such as acanthus leaves from a woodworkers' shop, such as

    Alternatively, can you position a narrow table beneath the mirror with brass or pewter candlesticks, or a low vase of flowers?

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