Finding the perfect piece of artwork for a room can be an almighty task and it can take months to find something that matches the styling, colours and features of the décor and can also be extremely expensive. This is why many people are now considering the use of mirrors as an alternative.
Manufacturers have picked up on this trend and rather than simply designing mirrors for their functional capabilities, are now using reflective glass to create stunning pieces of art. Coming in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, the benefits of using mirrors as art are phenomenal. Not only do they reflect the colours of the room, but they also glisten and sparkle if positioned in a way that catches light. They can even create the illusion of space, making a room appear larger than it actually is.
Mirrors as art can take many different forms. It may be that the amounts of actual reflect glass used is minimal and it is the frame that creates the masterpiece. Much like a painting or photograph, the correct mounting or framing of a mirror can completely transform the way it appears on your wall.
In complete contrast the mirror may not have a frame at all and could be made from multiple glass fragments (known as multi-facet mirrors). These mirrors are created as works of art from the off-set and can often be commissioned as one off bespoke pieces using a combination of coloured glass as well as plain reflective glass.
As mirrors are essentially pieces of glass, they can even be cut so that stunning bevels and patterns are left on the surface of the glass. Meaning it is possible to personalise a mirror with a certain image or name, a concept that has been used in advertising, most commonly recognised on the walls of public houses where the brewer has had their brand etched on the glass.
With so much detail and crafting involved, you could be forgiven for assuming that this type of artwork would be costly, but rest assured that as it becomes increasing popular and manufacturers are able to produce large batch orders, in many cases they are cheaper than more traditional center pieces.
The beauty of using a mirror as art though is that the main image is constantly changing as the reflection changes – contemporary art at its greatest!
Most people use art to create a feature or focal point within their room, for example using paintings, canvases or photographs in a hallway, on the wall above a bed, over a fireplace or mantle piece and this is exactly where a mirror could take pride of place. Much like ‘photo walls’ and more conventional art forms, mirrors do not have to be used in isolation and using more than one mirror can create intrigue or a larger display.
What’s more, if you decide to change the colour scheme of your room, in the majority of cases you would need to buy new artwork to match, whereas with a mirror it would simply reflect the new pallet.
So, next time you redecorate; why not consider using mirrors as art. With a huge variety of shapes, sizes and ‘topics’, it could make finding that perfect piece of artwork a whole lot easier and is certainly more accessible.
There is a huge selection of large, glass framed and over sized mirrors available at
Or why not consider a row of smaller mirrors, this will have the same reflective effect as a large mirror but may suit your decor better.