How to Decorate a Mirror

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The beauty of a mirror is more than just what it reflects. Artfully framed or decorated, mirrors add depth and dimension to your home decor. Plus, they can increase the perceived size of any room. Here's how to bring a special touch to your mirrors with creative decorations.

  • Consider the decor of the room where you've hung your mirror. If it's an ocean or beach theme, glue seashells along the borders of the mirror. If you're trying to capture a vintage look, brightly colored glass beads offer turn of the century glamour.

  • Frame the mirror for a crisp, clean look. Find an attractive picture frame that captures the feel of your room and fit the mirror inside. Or get your mirror custom-framed. This is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to give a mirror an upscale look.

  • Tuck mementos in the corners of your mirrors to create wall decor that doubles as a scrap book. Photographs, concert tickets and love notes add a sentimental touch. You can drape anything from Mardi Gras beads to Hawaiian leis over the corners to commemorate fun adventures or special memories.

  • Compliment high-tech, modern decor--and make use of all of those free Internet software CDs you receive in the mail--by gluing compact discs along the border of the mirrors. Make sure they are blank side up.

  • Glue a mosaic of tiles along the border of the mirror. You can even use shards of tiles if you don't have intact ones. Use the same tiles throughout or vary them for an eclectic feel.

  • Take shiny buttons, bottle caps, sea glass or any other "found art" and use it as a frame for your mirror.

  • Paint your mirror, leaving some of the reflective part exposed but the rest opaque with paint. Stick to acrylic paint for the best results. This produces a charming decor piece that's both artistic and practical.

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