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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s the fairest way to decorate of all?
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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s the fairest way to decorate of all?

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Mirrors can be used for both function and pure decoration. They can also serve as a focal point in a space, help make rooms feel larger, assist in the reflection of light and serve as a visual alternative to artwork.

How best to use them will have an impact on whether your use of mirrors is successful or not. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Contemporary and cool style for home decor

With clean lines and bold shapes, contemporary style projects a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. Here are tips and tricks to create it in your home.

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