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Decor Hack of the Day: Gallery-Type Mirrors

Liven up your narrow hallways and entry foyers with this mirror trick


We're used to displaying photos and other framed prints on our walls. How about adding different mirrors instead? Multiple mirrors hung in entry foyers and narrow hallways create a cool, bohemian vibe.

"If you plan to use framed mirrors in various shapes and sizes, it is better to group them on one wall for greater impact. Placing them on different walls would take away the focus," shares interior designer John Vigilia. Let these tips guide you.

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Read the original article in the August 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

How to make it work:

1. Map out your pieces.

Before you drill the frames onto the wall, lay the frames on the floor first on top of a sheet of brown paper. Once you've finalized the arrangement you like, trace the frames and their position. Use this guide to map the layout on the wall.

2. Mix and don't match.

To create an eclectic vibe, mix the frame styles and sizes. For a more formal and put-together look, you can still use various frames, but you may want to stick to one color or type of frame material, i.e., all gold or all wood.

3. Be resourceful.

You don't necessarily have to drill holes and damage your walls to make this work. Explore using self-adhesive hooks that can easily be mounted and re-mounted without leaving residue on the walls.

RL Tip: If you're looking for powerful hooks, the 3M Command Hooks have adhesives that hold strongly onto the wall. It is available at Handyman (per set of six).

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