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Mirrors are wonderful by themselves. They have the ability to enlarge a small space or give a beautiful medium on which light may bounce. Whether with an ornate frame or modern edge, there is a mirror for every design aesthetic. At Christmastime, we at The Gray Boxwood start thinking of mirrors as a backdrop; we try to enhance a mirror in unexpected ways. Christmas is the perfect time to up the ante and give your mirror special attention, and not through decals or frost spray (please, no). Through our enhancement of  mirrors in many ways with classic Christmas décor, we hope to stretch your imagination and give inspiration for new and creative Christmas ideas!

Vintage Garland

Depending on the mirrors you have in your home, there are many options of how to use them for Christmas splendor. This ornate white mirror (a garage sale score spray-painted white) is already a wonderful spectacle so it does not take much effort to dress it up. The room in which this mirror hangs is themed in a vintage Christmas style, so we added some great, antique garland. Tarnished colors and simple swag placement give a carefree feeling to the décor, with a quasi-English Country quality. For a simple Christmas, be carefree with swag. Choose elements that have a rustic and “used” quality while offering charm. If antique garland is not your preference, try some long-needled pine branches carelessly hung over your mirror: instant appeal!

“Wow” Effect

For a touch more glam and wow effect, the options are endless. Here we had a great mirror with modern, clean details. This room called for something special and different. Faux animal heads are a trend that we feel can be timeless, so jump on the wagon. Usually we would not be into anything of the sort, but when this deer is painted a metallic silver, the piece is simply irresistible.

Upon seeing this head in a store, we instantly pictured it protruding from a mirror in a grand gesture. Attaching the head was easier than you may think. Command Strips are perfect for numerous tasks during the holidays. We used approximately five strips on the rear side of the head to secure it to the mirror. To ensure that no one saw the tips of the Command Strips, we placed a feather wreath around the neck. What was simply a convenient coverup turned into a necessary decorative element to this display.

Outside the Box

Thinking outside the box is extra fun at Christmastime. The season is short and in no time you will be taking down the decorations. So have fun and experiment with different ideas. Throughout the year, our mirrors are simply mirrors: wonderful as they are, but nothing special. At Christmas, make your mirror the center of attention by embellishing it with the unexpected. With added color and surfaces for glowing lights to play with, the outcome with be flawless.

-Have a Picture Perfect Christmas!