Wrought iron mirrors: Heavy metal molded monsters

Wrought iron mirrors have always been popular because of the ease with which intricate flowing patterns are created using this material. Their sturdy and durable nature make them very desirable, not to mention their simple care requirements. Apart from the practical benefits of using wrought iron, there's the aesthetic side as well, which is probably more important in terms of choosing the right kind of accessories for your home's interior. Although wrought iron furniture in general is extremely elegant and chic, it's good to check with an interior designer about what goes well with it; you don't want to find that the beautiful wrought iron mirror you bought can only go with your garden furniture.

A wrought iron mirror will go well in conjunction with other antique, classic, or vintage furniture you have. Antique end tables, oak dining room furniture, and antique chairs would all be complimented by a wrought iron mirror. Accessories such as spiral candle holders and antique lamps could provide tasteful finishing touches for the room containing a wrought iron mirror. Of course, when it comes to decorating, there are no right or wrong choices, only what you prefer, so if you want to match up your wrought iron mirror with a contemporary end table or a black leather sofa, go for it!

The myth about pricing wrought iron mirrors

Though most people are under the impression that wrought iron mirrors are expensive, this may not be an entirely accurate perception. Of course there are exquisite antique pieces that will cost you an arm, a leg and a couple of internal organs, but for the most part, modern wrought iron mirrors are no more expensive than say, a patio chair, for example. If you know where to look and how to pick good mirrors and install them properly, you'll be able to save yourself a ton of cash and oodles of trouble and time.

The size's the limit

Upper end pricing is not really limited, depending on the extensiveness of the customization you want. However, weight might be a limiter, considering the fact that these are made of iron, and need to be supported adequately to avoid the risk of them coming crashing down on your dreams of an elegant interior. Size is another limitation, but for practical purposes this won't matter, unless you're looking for something longer than 11 feet and wider than 7 feet - and I don't think many fitness center owners are in the market for wrought iron mirrors.

Match and mix never sticks

Another limiting factor might be the rest of your décor; ultra-modern furniture doesn't go all that well with the traditional design of wrought iron mirrors and similar pieces, but your designer might be able to give you some tips on how you can blend the two so it doesn't look awkward and out of place. Traditional upholstery, light or dark, can set off wrought iron mirrors to good effect, adding to the classic look the way not much else can.

Of course, if you really want to get away from the status quo, you can create decorative combinations that some might deem visually offensive, but who is to say what is right or wrong in such matters. A wrought iron mirror with your modern red leather sofa, contemporary lamps, and space age chairs might scream "colliding worlds" to some, but it's sure to set you apart.

The right price for the right ice

Pricing can vary from under $50 to over $500 on an average, so a good-sized, high quality wrought iron mirror should ideally be right in the middle of that range - $300 should be a good budget per mirror. You may be able to get bulk deals as well if you're buying more than one. The best part about these mirrors is that you can use them practically anywhere because of how easy they are to maintain and how durable they are. This also means you should be able to find one second hand, as they are built to outlast their owner. For $300, you should be able to get yourself a nice mirror from any one of these manufacturers: Kichler, Murray Feiss, Universal Lighting or De La Frontera.

Installing a Wrought Iron Mirror on Your Wall

Putting up a wrought iron mirror on a wall requires some prior planning. First, make sure that the wall isn't a partition wall that may not support the weight of a usually-heavy iron mirror – supporting walls are best. Measure out the height of the mirror and decide how high you want it in relation to the hangers on the back. Ideally, you should be able to see an inch above your head from a 5-foot distance. Once you've marked the height of the hangers, measure the distance between them and mark that on the wall. Depending on the type of wall, you may need wood or concrete screws. Make sure you measure not only the distance and height, but also check that they are horizontally true, because once you drill the holes, it's impossible to make adjustments to alignment. Don't forget to use anchors after you drill the holes, or you may be looking at collateral damage to the wall. After you've put up the hangar, try tugging on it a few times to see if it's well and truly in – if you're satisfied, then you can hang up the mirror. Getting somebody to help you with this part is often a good idea because you won't be able to see behind the mirror, and you don't want to see your own confused face in the mirror as you try to blindly find the eyelets on the hangers to hook the mirror onto. When you're done, use a non-streaking glass cleaner and bring it to a sparkle. Your wrought iron mirror is now ready and waiting to be admired by one and all – preferably all.