Posts tagged ‘mirror’

August 3rd, 2016

5 Reasons You Need a Statement Mirror in Your Dining Room

I am obsessed with the eclectic look of this first picture. In fact, when I started this post, I immediately went out to search for deep red dahlias. Instead I found Gerber daisy’s of the same colour, which gave my room a much needed jolt of red. Thank you Architectural Digest for sharing this beautiful room that belongs to David Jimenez from Hallmark Cards.

So I had this whole post written about why you should hang a statement mirror in your dining room but the simple truth is that it will look awesome and you should do it. The end. But that doesn’t make for very interesting reading does it? Do you need some backstory? What should I tell you? How amazing this summer has been so far? How exciting it is to be surrounded by inspiring people, furniture and my beautiful children? Or maybe I should tell you about my love of hot yoga and how finishing a long day with breath and awareness brings sweetness to my life? Or maybe you want to know about the stillness that leaves me enchanted as I move through these beautiful days and nights? How about what I’m reading, watching, listening to?

Inspiration is everywhere and you will see it trickle into this little online space bit by bit over the next little while. But enough about me, let’s let your curiosity simmer a little and focus on the decor!

My five reasons you should hang a mirror in your dining room are: drama, reflection, ambiance, architectural elements and to add polish. And I’ll tell you why…

Kate Marker Interiors

For Drama: A single large scale mirror can add instant drama to a dining space and create a sense of mood. There’s just something almost bewitching about a big beautiful mirror when placed right. I can think of several that made a room stand out to me. One was in a house in Vancouver (an enormous one with an ornate wooden frame), another in a restaurant in Toronto (hung somewhat precariously above the tables where we sat) and countless others.

For Reflection: Whether the mood of the room is light and airy, colourful or brooding, the mirror will bounce light – both natural and artificial around the room. It will also add depth and perspective to the room and make it feel bigger.

For Ambiance: Think of those cozy winter nights, lights dimmed, dining with family and friends! Although we are mid-summer right now, nights like this are not far off. For me, candles are a must, any time of the year. With a mirror in the dining room all that dim moody light can dance through the mirror too.


For an Architectural Element: Last summer when I was exploring furniture stores in Toronto there was this store that had three tall beautiful mirrors that looked like cathedral windows against one of the interior walls. It opened the floor right up and acted as an architectural element and I thought (I am so going to use this!). This is an especially great idea for newer homes which may be short on architecture. Hang a group of them together and see what happens.

For Polish: Honestly, a mirror adds a little glitter, a little polish, a little bit of a finish to any room you hang one in, but dining rooms are special in the sense that we entertain in them. Special dinners, holidays and birthdays are often celebrated in your cozy little dining room and you want the room to reflect that (literally), hence the polish and finishing details like the lovely mirror.

And there you have it. Some solid reasons you should add a statement mirror to your dining room. Now wait! Where should you hang it? How about above your sideboard? Work with the fixed elements in the room like windows and entrances and you will find the right spot, I promise!

Happy decorating!


June 18th, 2013

9 Mirror Walls to Look Upon

Mirrors in the Stairwell

Danielle Muller


All vanity aside, I absolutely love mirrors. Maybe its the way they reflect light. Maybe its the distortion of image. Maybe its the way they act like backwards windows to some place we will never reach. Hanging groups of mirrors together, gallery-style creates a mini wall of wonder, and while you can get matchy matchy (paint the frames all one colour), you can also create random displays of beauty. Trial and error makes way for some sweet imperfections of endearment at times, and who wouldn’t want that to grace a wall?


The display above brings movement into the stairwell, a space often closed in, static. Note the off-kilter balance of light and dark frames and how they play with the two-tone stairs.


Mirrors on a Shelf

Coco Cozy


The way the light refracts in this room is divine. This mirror wall is not fixed so you could change them now and then if you found new ones.


Mirrors all Whimsical

Casa Abril


You wouldn’t think this collection of frames would work, but look at that. Whimsical and sweet.


Mirrors Painted Green

Dimples and Tangles


A range of shapes and styles come together with bright kelly green paint! Click the link for the how-to at Dimples and Tangles.


Mirrors on a Brick Wall

Tilly’s Cottage


The entire room appeals to me. Not only is the mirror wall something to look at, but the collection of looking glasses or magnifying glasses intrigues me.


I Dream of Chairs


Ok, that chair is cool, right? And the mirror wall is quite meticulous with the inner portion of some of the frames painted.


Mirrors with Chains



See? Reflections rule! Pop of turquoise…check!


Mirrors Under the Stairs



Way to make use of an awkward space. And with elegance at that.


Moody Mirrors

Whimsy Decor


The combination of the mirror wall and the way the room is lit is compelling. I want to browse and peruse and to find the treasure I am certain awaits me. I love mirror walls and am plotting one for myself as I collect mirrors that catch my eye. The question is, “are you looking right at the other half of you” as you plot your gallery wall with mirrors instead of art and photographs??

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January 24th, 2012

DIY Gallery Wall Ideas

I have wanted to create a gallery wall in my home for quite some time. I love modern gallery collections as they include more than photos and you can create something personal to showcase the style of your family. It may take some time to collect all you wish to add, but you can always start small and add more frames as you need to. This approach often results in an eclectic look you can build upon for years to come.


When designing your gallery wall there are a few things to consider. You don’t have to have a large blank wall for a gallery. You can create mini galleries in areas like the foyer, a bathroom or a hallway. Gallery placement is another thing you need to address. Will your gallery reside strictly at eye-level or will you hang your pieces from ceiling to floor?


Photo: Timothy Kolk


Check out Elle Decor’s Hang Art Like a Pro seen above. For darker walls, white frames might look best, while light walls can take on any colour of frame, depending on the look you want to achieve. Survey the area intended for the gallery to determine a plan that will work with the existing space and your ideas of what the end product will look like, and then…begin collecting!




Family photos are an essential building block of a gallery wall. Veer away from stuffy portrait shots and choose pics that offer a true glimpse of your family as a whole, and each individual member. If existing photos don’t feel quite right, stage a candid photo shoot to capture the images. Have each member of the family take turns standing against the same backdrop and take close-ups of each face. You can drape graphic fabrics on a fence for a backdrop to unify the collection of pictures.




Choose a few key pieces that will add something to the overall appeal of the gallery wall. Your kid’s art, reprinted pages from your favourite books, handwritten messages, love letters and other keepsakes can all be framed as art and hung as part of the gallery.



Monograms, question marks and ampersands like the one pictured above from sERINas Custom Shop, are a modern addition to quirky gallery walls. Choose a letter from your family name or choose a few depending on available space. Typography pieces can be found in many materials ranging from wood to metal, but you can also make your own. Paint a blank canvas in a colour to complement the room and add your own monogram. Either create your own font or make a template from a font found online.




Include an old family portrait in your gallery design to imbue a sense of history. Tone down a technicolour portrait from the sixties or seventies by scanning the photo and reprinting it in black and white. Create a family tree theme for the gallery by hanging the photos in a chronological order from top to bottom or left to right.




Personalize the gallery further and include an oddity that is relevant to your family alone. A guitar, a chalkboard, a quirky clock, a vacation themed shadowbox, an oar or any other visually appealing object can add to the design.



Create silhouettes like this one from Simply Silhouettes pictured below, of family members and frame them for the wall. Use a traditional black silhouette on a white background or play with the colour scheme to suit the room the gallery is intended for.

One idea is to use wallpaper remnants or scrapbook paper to create a backdrop for the silhouette. For a series of silhouettes, reverse the image and cut the silhouette from the wallpaper. Glue the wallpaper silhouette to a painted backdrop. Or head to Etsy for this silhouette at The Blackbird Sings.




Include a mirror or a couple of mirrors depending on the size and scope of your design. Paint the frames of small decorative mirrors the same colour as the picture frames. Rectangular mirrors can be used to create division between groups of photos.


Design Ideas


If most of your chosen photographs are black and white try coloured frames or vice versa. Paint the frames with spray paint for a monochromatic look. Modern hues like oxblood red, kelly green, turquoise, or lemon will brighten up any room. One way to organize the collection is to pick a frame colour for each person represented. For instance, paint one child’s frames blue including art and photos, and another child’s white and another one’s silver.


Shapes, Sizes and Frame Styles


For the best visual impact, choose a combination of frames in different shapes and sizes. Long thin rectangular frames work well with circular and square frames. You can use them to liven up rows of rectangular frames with a band of small circles or squares. Pair decorative floral frames with traditional wood frames, and sleek modern designs. When shopping for frames keep the overall style of your home in mind. If you choose a few frames with a different style it will create an eclectic look. Browse home decor stores, flea markets and garage sales for a balanced mixture of old and new.


Planning and Plotting


Once you have collected your images and assembled them into painted frames you can start plotting out your design. One way to do this is to use a length of brown craft paper to act as a template. Trace each frame in its designated position. Once ready, hang the paper in place and affix each frame in place. Peel the brown paper of off the wall taking care not to dislodge any of the frames. Or you can do a mock layout on the floor in front of the wall you will be using.


Did I miss anything you have added to your gallery wall?