How you select a decorative mirror for your home depends on several factors. The size of your home or the room where you will place the mirror is important. The decorative style of your home may also play an important part in your selection.
A decorative mirror is an excellent accessory for formal living rooms or entry hallways. In each case, the size of the mirror is important so that the mirror does not overwhelm the rest of the items in the room.
If your home does not have a specific style or type of interior design, you may be looking for a mirror to help lighten up the room or just improve the overall impression the main living room gives a visitor. In the last 15 years, it has become much less expensive to add a decorative mirror to your home. This is because of cheap labor and mass production in China where many of today's inexpensive decorative mirrors come from.
In this case, all you need is a mirror that takes up no more than 40 percent of the available space you have for the mirror placement. There should be a space on all four sides that is at least equal and even in width or height dimension. This provides a border around the decorative mirror that helps set it off from the rest of the room, without allowing the mirror to dominate the décor. Ideally, the mirror placement will be centered in the width of the wall. The perfect placement is in a room with a centered lighting fixture that can reflect back into the room from the mirror.
The only requirement as to quality, in this case, is that the mirror is constructed, without visible construction flaws, chips or cracks. The glass should be centered with no open space on any side. As most inexpensive mirrors are made of scattered material, the quality of the shape or carving and finish is not usually something you need to be concerned about too much. If the mirror design is pleasing and you feel it will fit in your home that is all that is required.
If your type of interior décor is more exclusive and you want a true antique reproduction decorative mirror, the selection of the mirror becomes more important. This is because the cost will be higher and the quality requirements should be higher. There are antique reproduction period mirrors available that are as good, or even better, than the mirrors they copy.
You should make sure that the construction is tight, but inspecting the back of the unique decorative mirror. A true antique reproduction will have a hand gilded finish that will reproduce minute cracks in the finish that are not construction related cracks. The carving should be crisp, clean and astound you when you take a close look. If you do not wonder to yourself: "how did they do that," then you may want to look at another mirror design.
It will help if your mirror comes from a carving shop in Central Java, Indonesia. This is because that is the last place on earth where true antique reproduction period mirror frames are constructed and finished entirely by hand. If you are spending the money needed to get a true antique reproduction or have an actual antique you may seriously consider having a professional interior decorator help you select the best placement spot in your home for the antique reproduction decorative mirror you have selected.