How to Make a Mirror Collage Wall
A recent visit
to the Art Cafe on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud inspired me to share a post about one of my favourite types of decor – mirror collage!
I have recently moved to Bali, and I admit, it is beyond wonderful! Sure, there are overwhelming moments (like being kicked out of a hotel room within the hour to accomodate a forgotten booking) and downright frustrating moments (like taking a walk through Monkey Forest with a bag of newly purchased works of art, only to have the entire bag stolen by a passerby monkey), but with the bad comes the good. And in Bali, there is no shortage of GOOD.
Ubud is a particularly inspiring town – with an emphasis placed on art, crafts and tourism, the town aims to please. The small roads are dotted with art galleries, handmade jewelry shops, boutique clothing shops and many tropical paradise-style hotels for affordable prices.
At night, the restaurants and cafes amp up the atmosphere by implementing soft music, burning incense and dotting the entire space with flickering candles. I was drawn to the Art Cafe in Ubud central because I heard what sounded like live music flowing out of the wide entrance. Sure enough, a very talented musician was playing an acoustic interpretation of Knocking on Heaven’s Door. SOLD! I went in to have a drink and spent most of the evening there.
The cafe’s decor is adorable. Aside from the twinkly ambiance of the votive candles and incense embers burning in the darkness, the eclectic mix of wall decor made me smile. An assortment of framed mirrors hung haphazardly on the wall was a nice touch, and it’s easy to recreate!
To make the most of your mirror collage, be sure to follow these simple steps:
1. PICK DIFFERENT SIZES OF FRAMES – Select a variety of sizes to add some visual interest, especially if you want to achieve the artistic/eclectic look like the one shown in the Art Cafe. Big frames with little mirrors mix nicely with small frames and big mirrors.
2. COLOUR SCHEME - Anything goes when you are trying to achieve an eclectic look, but for a more sophisticated affect, choose mirror frames that belong to the same colour family. Different shades of a single colour will look very chic; varying sizes of frames in the same colour will look downright elegant, and a crazy collection of different colours will look…well…crazy! (but definitely in a good way)
3. HANG AT DIFFERENT LEVELS - Now that you have varying frame sizes and colours, be sure to continue the eclectic trend by mounting the framed mirrors at different levels. Scatter the mirrors along the wall, some mounted higher than others, and don’t worry about making them function (no one needs to look themselves in the eye in every single mirror for this type of treatment).
I found a couple of great options on Etsy so you can make your own mirror collage wall in a special space.
There you have it, a simple way to make a dull wall more exciting. I am going to have to search for a mirror-collage-loving client so I can implement this look while it’s fresh on my radar. Any takers? ;)