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Make a Statement with Your Mirror

Large Floor Mirrors - Cheever Place Townhouse

Photo: Leone Design Studio

Mirrors come in a full range of shapes and styles and can fit easily into any decor. But if you really want to make a statement, the mirror must be large!

As any designer will tell you, an oversized mirror makes a small room appear larger. A mirror can also highlight a room’s best feature, whether it be an elegant chandelier or a row of beautiful windows. And if you’re looking to improve the quality of light in a room, there’s no better method than positioning a mirror to reflect natural light during the day and artificial light at night.

Related: 10 Ways of Using Mirrors to Your Design Advantage

The most important thing to keep in mind is where and how you mount the mirror. If you are hanging it, make sure to account for the mirror’s weight before choosing mounting hardware or anchoring the piece to wall studs.

A standing floor mirror, on the other hand, should rest safely out of the way of room traffic.

A good frame shop can make you a custom piece of course, but here are seven of our favorite readymade versions.

 

Seeing Double

Oversized Mirror - West Elm Antique Tile Floor Mirror

Antique Tile Floor Mirror from West Elm

With antique-finish reflective tiles on all sides, this oversized mirror is chic in all the right ways. Antique Tiled Floor Mirror, $359; westelm.com

 

Delightfully ‘Deco’

Oversized Mirror - Venetian Antique

Extra Large Venetian Mirror from Wisteria

Inspired by a Venetian antique mirror, this gorgeous piece will add a grownup touch to any room (trip to Italy not included). Extra large Venetian Mirror, $499, wisteria.com

 

Glamorous Living

Oversized Mirror - Mother of Pearl Floor Mirror

Mother-of-Pearl Mirror from Horchow

Like a sassy pair of high heels, this shimmering oversized mirror adds a fashion-forward element to an interior. Mother of Pearl Mirror, $1749, horchow.com

 

Quiet Elegance

Oversized Mirror - Burke Standing Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn

Burke Standing Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn

Trimmed in richly stained wood, this mirror’s grand size makes it perfect for capturing light from nearby windows. Burke Mirror, $699, potterybarn.com

 

Touch of Texture

Oversized Mirror - Genova Mirror from Ballard Design

Genova Mirror from Ballard Designs

For a touch of Mediterranean style, Ballard Designs makes available this layered-look oversized mirror, conveniently light enough to be moved easily. Geneva Mirror, $299, ballarddesign.com

 

Keep It Simple

Oversized Mirror - CB2

Infinity Floor Mirror from CB2

Here’s a modern take on the standing floor mirror. With no trim or visible frame, the piece mimics the optical effect created by an infinity pool. Infinity Floor Mirror, $399, CB2.com

 

Uptown Style

Oversized Mirror - Hickory Chair

Dauphine Upholstered Floor Mirror from Hickory Chair

Custom-built to your specifications, this finely crafted piece is sure to be an heirloom enjoyed for generations. Dauphine Upholstered Floor Mirror, contact for pricing, hickorychair.com

 

For more on interior design, consider:

12 “Expert Picks” for Fail-Safe Colors
Make Your Small Bedroom Look Bigger
20 “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Ways to Decorate with Rope


12 Daring Doormats

A new welcome mat may be the easiest way to spruce up your front door area and add instant curb appeal. With so many options available—and at such affordable prices—there’s no reason not to toss the boring mats aside.

Whether it’s a funny message, a neon color, or an interesting shape, make your mat as distinctive as the rest of your home. One rule of thumb: make sure your mat is as wide as your door (anything less will appear too small).

Looking for some inspiration? Start here!

 

Pretty Pattern

Outdoor Doormats - Wisteria

Photo: wisteria.com

Give your front stoop a hit of global design with this Suzani motif. Suzani Doormat, $34 at wisteria.com

 

Upcycled

Outdoor Doormats - Flip Flops

Photo: uncommongoods.com

Made from recycled scrap foam rubber (from flip flops!), this mat will not only wear well underfoot, but serve the earth as well. Flip Flop Mats, $30 at uncommongoods.com

 

Seasonal Switch

Outdoor Doormats - Penguins

Photo: westelm.com

Now that the temperature is dipping and holidays are around the corner, add something seasonally appropriate mat to your entry. Penguin Doormat, $29 at westelm.com

 

Animal Magnetism

Outdoor Doormats - Hippo

Photo: allmodern.com

Make a true statement with an oversized animal-shaped doormat, like this hippo design by Ed Annink. Droog Hippo Mat, $156 at allmodern.com

 

The Key

Outdoor Doormats - Keys

Photo: urbanoutfitters.com

No need to hide it under the mat with this skeleton key-patterned design. Locksmith Welcome Mat, $34 at urbanoutfitters.com

 

Colorblock

Outdoor Doormats - Colorblock Marine

Photo: cspost.com

If it’s good enough for boats, buoys, and lobster traps, you can bet it will serve foot traffic well. Recycled Marine Rope Rug, $52 at cspost.com

 

More Faux Bois

Outdoor Doormats - Faux Bois

Photo: Pottery Barn

To mark the transition from the great outdoors to indoors, consider a doormat with a faux bois, or “false wood”, design. Faux Bois Printed Doormat, $29 at potterybarn.com (no longer available)

 

Stay in the Lines

Striped Doormat

Photo: potterybarn.com

The best thing about colored multi-stripes—they go with everything. Multistripe Door Mat, $29 at potterybarn.com

 

The Doormat Says It All

Outdoor Doormats - Funny

Photo: eBay

Let your doormat say it for you. One of many amusing doormats available on ebay.com, $33.32

 

Garden Hose

Outdoor Doormats - Hose

Photo: markkintzel.wordpress.com

Make your own doormat by turning an old garden hose into a distinctive mat. You can learn how at Mark Kintzel Design.

 

Personalized

Outdoor Doormats - Personalized

Photo: Etsy.com

A bold chevron pattern in navy and white makes a stunning statement, particularly when personalized with a name or monogram. Personalized Door Mat, $35 at etsy.com

 

Classic with a Twist

Outdoor Doormats - Classic

Photo: grandinroad.com

No one says the mat has to be rectangular! Consider something like this half-round design to welcome guests. Monogrammed Half-Round Door Mat,  $79, grandinroad.com

 

For more on exterior decor, consider:

11 Hot House Numbers to Add Curb Appeal
10 Simple “Under 60″ Updates to Boost Curb Appeal
It’s All in the Details– House Numbers