Decorating a Large Living room

A tall and slender antique mirror tops the mantel in the West Village home of Alison Cayne.Mirrors act as magicians in your home: They make spaces appear larger, multiply light, and duplicate views. Depending on their size and placement, they can play either lead roles or supporting characters in your home’s decor, but the right mirrors are always memorable. They’re enchantments that will brighten and energize any place you put them.

Here we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite shapes (there were just too many to list them all) and ideas for where to hang them around your home to make the most of these decorating wonders.

A tall and slender antique mirror tops the mantel in the West Village home of Alison Cayne.

The Vertical Rectangle

This shape is justifiably popular due to its versatile, classic form. It resembles a painting, so don’t be afraid to treat it like a piece of art and give it prime-time placement, such as above a mantel. Try hanging two on the opposite walls in your living room to create incredible depth, or one directly opposite a window to multiply the light.An oversized, rectangular mirror is flanked by artwork in the dining area of designer Mariette Himes Gomez’s home. You won’t believe how much this can brighten up the whole room. Another classic usage: a matching pair hung above double sinks for an extra dose of style in the bathroom.

An oversized, rectangular mirror is flanked by artwork in the dining area of designer Mariette Himes Gomez’s home.

The Horizontal Rectangle

This orientation is best for filling the space above lengthy expanses, which is why it has long been the natural choice above a fireplace mantel. We love this shape hung above a long, low sideboard, in an entryway as a spot for a last-minute makeup check before leaving the house, or as a solve for rooms with less-than-lofty ceilings, where tall mirrors can make them feel even lower.Designer Bunny Williams topped a chest in the bedroom with a large, round, antique mirror. Behind the bar, they give a dressed-up speakeasy vibe—no password required.

Designer Bunny Williams topped a chest in the bedroom with a large, round, antique mirror.

The Large Round

Large mirrors can really anchor a room by creating a high-impact focal point. We love circles because they’re easy to live with—no worries about leveling! With a thin edge or no frame at all, they’re cool and nonchalant; set in a more jewellike frame, they’re dressy and dramatic. Adding one to the wall behind a desk turns the surface into an instant vanity.

The small round mirror and vintage sconces add vintage charm to the guest bathroom of designer Thom Filicia’s lake house.

The Small Round

Place one of these reflective moments pretty much anywhere for an instant interior pick-me-up. Hang one in a windowless corner for a dash of brightness near a chaise longue, in a petite powder room, or above a favorite piece of art to take advantage of tall ceilings. A cluster of small round mirrors arranged over a long sofa makes for a stellar alternative to the gallery wall.

In true more is more style, designer Alex Papachristidis added a statement starburst mirror to his already showstopping bedroom wall.

The small round mirror and vintage sconces add vintage charm to the guest bathroom of designer Thom Filicia’s lake house. In true more is more style, designer Alex Papachristidis added a statement starburst mirror to his already showstopping bedroom wall. An oversized, rectangular mirror is flanked by artwork in the dining area of designer Mariette Himes Gomez’s home. In true more is more style, designer Alex Papachristidis added a statement starburst mirror to his already showstopping bedroom wall.

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