Sometimes more is more, especially when it comes to home decor. While some people are committed minimalists – they make design choices with simplified palettes and clean lines – people with a maximalist aesthetic make design choices that tend to be more over the top.
Key to the maximalist look: large ornate mirrors. If you’re shopping design showrooms or even trying to order online, you know these big mirrors can cost a small fortune. So how do you make it happen when you’re on a budget?
Step One: Find Your Frame
Whether you find it thrifting, create it yourself in the workshop or with your 3-D printer, or repurpose a piece you already have, having the right frame is key. Take some time to really think this through, most especially in terms of where in the house you’re going to hang this mirror. This can help you become very clear on what size and shape of mirror you’d like to create.
Frames need to be in good condition. Don’t compromise on this aspect of the project. Allow yourself to be extremely picky on this matter. If you’re creating a custom mirror for your home, work with high quality materials. If your frame needs to be painted or otherwise treated to achieve your design goals, do that prior to step two.
Step Two: Have Your Local Glass Company Create a Custom Cut Mirror
The best commercial glass companies can custom cut mirrors to any size and shape. Mirrors are available as a flat surface – this will be your more affordable option – or with a beveled edge. Framing services are available, which makes this project a snap. You can achieve a truly over-the-top, one of a kind mirror for your home for a fraction of what design houses charge.
After your mirror is finished, all you have to do is hang and enjoy it.