by brypstra | May 2, 2023
There are so many benefits to incorporating a mirror in your décor!
Mirrors make small spaces feel larger, add variety to plain walls, increase light in dark areas, reflect the beauty of a fine piece of furniture, bring a lackluster room to life, and serve as a functional appearance check as you walk out the door. A custom framed mirror is the perfect addition to almost any décor.
Take this quiz to determine if you need a custom mirror:
Do you have an odd sized space?
Do you need to match a piece of furniture?
Do you have a space that needs punch?
Do you have a unique, hard to define personal style?
Do you want to create a focal point or conversation piece?
Do you have a dark area in your home?
Do you need to duplicate a scene in your home?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you need a custom mirror built just for you! We can help!
Why do you need a custom-built mirror?
These days, it’s easy to find cheap premade mirrors; these mirrors tend to be flimsy and warped. When professional custom framers like us build your mirror, we are building it to your specifications – right down to the last detail – exactly sized for your space and your style. You get to be involved in the design process, choosing from hundreds of frame samples and mirror choices to build a unique, one-of-a-kind mirror for your home. Because it is built by hand, the quality is unsurpassed; pre-manufactured mirrors cannot compare to the care that our custom framers will commit to your framed mirror. Our framers will make sure your mirror will safely stand the test of time, hang properly, and fit beautifully in your space.
By simply changing the frame, you can design a mirror perfectly suited to your own personal style.
TIPS & HINTS
If you choose a mirror with a beveled edge, make the mirror large enough so that the edge does not interrupt the main reflection.
Only use one large mirror per room. Too many reflections can be visually confusing.
Avoid small ‘face only’ mirrors – save the small mirrors for trays.
Avoid small ‘face only’ mirrors – save the small mirrors for trays.
A mirror should take up ½ to ¾ of the viewable wall space if it is not bundled with other wall décor items. Balance your positive and negative space.
For tight areas like bathrooms, measure your maximum available space and make sure your framer knows your size limitation.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most primitive ‘mirror’ was looking at one’s reflection in a dark pool of water.
At one time, mirrors were quite expensive and rare. In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig applied a silver metallic coating to one side of a piece of glass. This process made mass production of mirrors available and mirror use became widespread.
Some cultures cover mirrors after the death of a loved one, believing that mirrors would trap the soul of the departed and prevent them from going to the afterlife.
Some believe that hanging a mirror (which represents the element water) over a fireplace (which represents the element fire) balances the elements of nature.
Hang it right the first time!
When you are ready to hang your mirror, consider these tips for proper placement:
- Think about the tallest person using it – don’t make them bend down or visually cut their head off!
- Look at what the mirror is reflecting – is it pleasing? Do you want that visual duplicated?
- Don’t let a mirror startle you. For example, if you place a mirror directly in front of your door, you may get startled by your own reflection as you walk into your home.
- Don’t place a mirror across from another mirror – your home isn’t a carnival funhouse.
DELIVERY & INSTALLATION
Mirrors are heavy and difficult to transport and hang properly and safely. Let us help!
We would love to deliver and hang your mirror for you! Ask us for details.
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by brypstra | Nov 9, 2021
Add Glam with Mirrors
Create Drama, Style, and Space!
Are you hosting a holiday party and need to dress up your décor? Do you want to add some drama to a non-descript space or room? That’s easy – add a mirror custom framed with a touch of glamour!
Holiday Hours &
The holidays are already here, and we don’t want your project to be late! Here are our holiday hours so that you can give your gift on
M-F 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturdays 10am – 4pm
We highly recommend you come in as soon as possible to get your custom framing done this year!
We are seeing a lot more delays in getting materials as well as back-orders.
Please give us as much advance time so we can get those
done in awesome fashion!
Mirrors & Frames
When choosing a frame for a glamourous look, the tendency is to go toward silver or metallic frames, similar to the ‘Hollywood Glam’ style. In this example, three frames were used to create complexity and the beveled edge adds to the drama.
Silver has long been the choice for a glamour look, but don’t rule out darker coloring. This mirror was framed using a deep brown frame with rich gold edging. Nothing says ‘Look at me’ more than gold!
A dressing room or bathroom is the perfect place to add glam and to show off the beautiful you! This mirror was framed with a pink-hued gold to blend with the other pink tones in the décor. When you walk in this bathroom, all you see is what’s in the mirror, beautifully framed.
Mirrors & Hanging
The center of framed art is usually hung at eye level, or about 60” above the floor. The rules for mirror placement are a little different:
- A mirror needs to be hung so that it gives the best reflection. Is it in a hallway or entry? Hang it at eye-height so that you can check yourself as you pass it.
- In a living space, it is dependent on where it will be hung. If it is above a fireplace mantle, generally, not more than 12” above the mantel. If it is going behind a sofa, don’t hang so high that there is a disconnect between the two. Create a group feel.
- Lastly, think about what it will be reflecting. If it is opposite a blank wall, hang a piece of art so that the mirror reflects that. If it is the beautiful mountain view outside, hang the mirror at a height that shows the whole view. Depending on what a mirror reflects, it can become a work of art in itself.
- Looking for glamour with a kick? Frame several small mirrors in different frames and hang as a group.
How to Create a Glamourous Mirror
- Determine which room(s) need a mirror.
- Do you need more light? More space? More glamour?
- Take a picture of the space; Measure the space.
- Take additional pictures of the room décor.
- Come to us – we’ll help you design the perfect mirror, with the exact measurements.
- We’ll even install it for you!
Small Business Saturday
Small businesses are at the core of every successful neighborhood, and because of these unprecedented times, now more than ever local businesses need your support.
Delivery & Installation
Mirrors are big and heavy. They can be tricky to hang properly to support the weight. We would love to hang your new mirror for you.
Ask us for more details.
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