2020 was the year our appearances mattered the least, passing it down to 2021 as well. There were no parties to go to, no fancy dinners, no 400-person weddings. Yet, ironically, mirror interest skyrocketed, being reported that mirrors were most-searched home product, with over millions of inquiries.
The question is, why? Well, the answer is easy… Nowadays mirrors are not just to look at your reflection and see how you look, nor to dress up or to put your make up, they are considered one of the best decorations by some very well-known interior designers. They are great for so many reasons—they reflect light, they open up spaces, and they just make rooms look better in general. In fact, they’re pretty much indispensable.
If you have just acquired an apartment and you’re still not clear what kind of décor you’re going to fill in your new home with, the aspect that you cannot forget, especially if you want to decorate your house with style and the latest trend, is wall mirrors. Decorating walls with mirrors really gives you an edge when it comes to having a modern home interior design!
Using them as wall decor, mirrors amplify light and create the illusion that a room is larger than it actually is. With elegant shapes and decorative frames, mirrors can be standalone wall accents or even as a stylish addons to your existing décor. In a north facing room, a well-placed mirror will maximize any sunlight a room receives and in a small space, visually expand it beyond its proportions, they can be used to create a focal point, to add sparkle and depth to a windowless wall, to make a statement or to blend into the background and help the rest of your decor to shine.
There are many styles to consider, from antique giltwood beauties to modern, sculptural pieces, however there is one style and material that has taken the world by a storm, a material that is the center of topic of a lot of luxury lovers and established interior designers… and that is the Murano Glass, or the Murano Glass mirrors. We will catch you up on Murano Glass a bit further in this article.
Mirrors can be used both inside and outside and you can spend as much, or as little as you want on them. The trick is placing them in the right spot in the house and knowing what you want to do with them.
There are some tips on how to maximize their décor use, and here are few of them:
– One of the most important things for mirrors used as home décor is what is placed across from it. They are usually placed based on wall space, however what they reflect is what makes the ambiance in the room. The best items to have across from it are some architectural elements, paintings, pictures, vases, or of course a window that reflects light.
– Placement matters, as art, mirrors should usually be placed at eye level, unless
there is something specific you want them to reflect and you need to put them a bit above or below eye level.
– The last but not least is its size and design. The design or material should match or work with the design of your room, and for the size, one of the best tips is to not be afraid of thinking big, don’t be afraid to use large mirrors in small spaces. This will create the previously mentioned effect of illusion of depth and will make your room feel bigger.
Speaking of the design, let’s get back to the trendy topic of Murano Glass mirrors. You see, Murano Glass is one of Italy’s heritage items, one of the best quality goods on the market, and besides that one of the most exclusive ones. The name comes from the island where it’s made from, Murano, which is located near the city of Venice, Italy. The exclusivity comes from the fact that it can be created only on this small island, by artisans that have businesses located there, therefore it cannot be made in any other city, province, or country. The technique of creating it is passed from generation to generation, from father to son, and that’s how new artisans are made, however, this art is very old, dating back from the XII century, when it decorated the best venetian palaces.
These mirrors are special in so many ways, from its colors, which are gotten by mixing minerals into the glass mix and have an amazing glow when put near light, to its design, which is one of a kind due to all mirrors being hand-crafted, or glass blown, by the masters of Murano.
They give you a chance to look through the history of Venice, gazing in these mirrors you can catch a glimpse of its ancient magic. This mirror is tradition and history, both of Murano glass and Venice itself, it embodies nobility, luxury, pride, wealth. Embellished by exclusively handmade decorations and engravings, this mirror can truly make any room special and unique.
That being said, you can find such eccentric Murano glass figures only on the streets of Murano and Venice, or on official websites, such as YourMurano.com, which carry the Murano Glass Trademark of Originality.