One of the things I love to do is to find solutions for decorating problems that at first glance can seem impossible to overcome. Here’s a question I received from a reader: “We just bought our first house and one wall in the living room is completely mirrored from floor to ceiling. We can’t remove them right now because it will cost too much to repair the walls. Do you have any suggestions on how I can decorate around a mirrored wall?
Mirrored walls were very popular from around the 70’s to 90’s. My mom jumped on that design trend and mirrored one of the walls in our living room. In the middle of the wall she had a large curio cabinet with glass shelves and a mirrored back. To save money, she didn’t install any mirror on the wall behind the cabinet. When she finally put the house on the market many years later and was taking the cabinet with her, she had to do something about the empty space on the wall. Rather than add more mirror, she decided to remove it all. Most of the wall came with it and it was not a pretty sight.
The story has a happy ending for the wall, but it brings up a point. It can be very difficult to remove a mirrored wall and you run the risk of damaging the wall. Don’t worry, though. Even if you can’t remove them because of your budget or your landlord says they have to stay, you can still make them work. I have a few of solutions for this reader and anyone else that is trying to create a stylish space in spite of this unwanted focal point.
HOW TO HIDE YOUR MIRRORED WALL
If you don’t want to look at that mirrored wall another minute, there are some simple ways to hide it. Here are some options for you to get those mirrors out of your sight so you can continue on with the rest of the room.
1 One of the easiest solutions to hide a mirrored wall is to create a wall of curtains in front of it. Curtains are so versatile. I’ve used them to divide rooms, hide closets, cover unsightly walls in a storage room, and yes, to hide mirrored walls. Not only do they hide things, they also add softness and texture to a space. And they can be used to bring in a pop of color. If you don’t have any free wall space to install a wall mount rod, IKEA offers lots of options for inexpensive curtain panels that hang from a track you install on the ceiling.
DESIGN TIP: To try something different with a wall of curtains, put sheer panels in the center to give the illusion there is a window behind it. For more ambiance, use adhesive hooks to hang white string lights from the mirror behind the sheers.
2 Another way to hide a mirrored wall is to cover light panels of plywood or MDF with fabric or wallpaper and hang them over the mirrors. Make sure the panels overhang enough to allow for space to attach them to the wall. This solutions only works if there is space around the mirrors to secure the panels.
3 Instead of using fabric panels to hide a mirrored wall, you could use salvaged doors, shutters, or decorative screens in front of them. Keep in mind, if you plan on hanging them, they must be larger than the mirrors so you can secure them to the wall.
HOW TO EMBRACE YOUR MIRRORED WALL
Not all mirrored walls look outdated and or need to be hidden. You can embrace them and make them look like an intentional part of your design plan. Here are a few ways to make those mirrors work for you.
4 Frame out your mirrored wall to make it look like one large mirror. Cut extra wide molding to fit around the mirror and paint or stain it. Then attach it to the mirror using glue or spray adhesive. If space allows, attach the frame directly to the wall.
5 Want something a little more intricate? Instead of a frame, create a fun pattern on your mirrored wall using narrow strips of thin wood, decorative wood molding, or fabric trim. It can be placed in a criss-cross pattern, vertically and horizontally, or randomly for a unique design.
6 Use your mirrored wall as a canvas and paint or stencil right on top of it. Your art can be as organic or structured as you desire. Let your creativity flow.
7 Do absolutely nothing except clean them up and let those mirrors shine in all their glory. Sometimes a mirrored wall is just what a room needs to add a bit of glam. Take advantage of the light and depth it adds to the space. If you want to cover the mirror up just a bit, place your furniture against the wall and use adhesive hooks to hang artwork as though it was any other wall.
Just because you have something like a mirrored wall that you can’t change, it shouldn’t prevent you from making your home a stylish place you love to live in. Sometimes you have to work around things and get a little creative. Instead of fighting against what you can’t change, think about how you can make it look fabulous.
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