A wall mirror doesn't have to be the basic rectangle, square or circle commonly found in a department store's decor aisle. A mirror can be virtually any shape or combination of shapes that can be cut into glass, limited only by the imagination. Mirrors that suit virtually every type of decor are available -- from classic looks to quirky designs.
Ovals, Arches and Oblongs
The oval is a natural extension of the circular mirror, and an oblong mirror is a combination between circle and rectangle. Mirror types that use these shapes include a large-paned arch that emulates an arched window; a yin-yang symbol with one panel clear, one in a smoky finish; a cloud shape or even a talk bubble, as found in comic strip panels.
The Romantic Touch
A room set for romance, such as a bedroom, may be ripe for a mirror to inspire the mood with its own shapely curves. A large heart-shaped mirror or a variety of small ones hung in groups sets the tone without any subtleties. These may be framed or unframed. Mirrors shaped like a profile of a couple dancing or about to embrace offer another offer a hint to the theme of the room. Mirrored letters cut out to spell the word "LOVE" or "AMOUR" serve as a statement for a romantic-themed room.
Cute with a Touch of Cuddly
In a child's room, or even a living room or dining area, a large tree-shaped mirror adds a playful touch reminiscent of the outdoors, adding one natural element to the room: reflected light. The child's version may feature lollipop-style treetops, rounded and soft like a storybook drawing. For an adult area, the tree shape may be more realistic, with cut mirror branches that span from one wall to the next in a corner. A lamb, pony or truck shape, firmly affixed to a wall in a child's room, provides a place for a youngster to make faces at his reflection.
A Touch of Teen Spirit
Normal mirror shapes are likely to seem boring to the teen or tween. Instead, mirrors emulating other decor in the room become focal points as well. For example, star shapes dot the walls of a budding entertainer's room. An electric guitar, skull or a skateboard deck mirror complete with added-on wheels, decorates a teen boy's room. Music notes, planets, penguins or splashes of water add a playful touch to themed rooms suiting the teen's style.
About the Author
Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.
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