While you might not be looking to make your entryway the next Hall of Mirrors, adding a few into your decor can make a big difference in the overall atmosphere of your home. When used correctly, mirrors can add light to a room, create the illusion of space or add an extra decorative element.

As you look for your next purchase, here are a few tips to consider:

What size mirror do I need?

When you're picking out your mirror, first and foremost consider its overall function. Do you need a full-length mirror to nitpick daily outfits, or do you merely need a small wall mirror for added decoration? The location of the mirror can alter the size as well. Big mirrors work well in entryways, since they help reflect light and give you one last look before heading out the door. Living room mirrors are usually more decorative, and therefore are often smaller with more ornate details. Bedrooms and closets often include floor mirrors, while bathrooms opt for vanity units or medicine cabinets.

What decorative mirrors are available?

Although most serve a purpose, mirrors are also great decorative elements. You can cluster several round mirrors together to form a piece of art, or use one sunburst mirror as a focal point for your space. Leaning mirrors are also great for decor, since they often have beautiful, intricate frames; they take up a lot of space, though, so be sure you have the room (and the budget) before you buy one.

What mirror frame is best?

If it's going in the bathroom, you want to be sure the frame can withstand moisture. If it's going in any other room, go with what feels right for you and looks good in the space! A mirror is a chance to add some serious flair to your decor, so feel free to get a little glamorous. You can also choose various surface treatments for the mirror itself. If the mirror is solely decorative (or is just hung to add a little light to a room), you don’t need to worry too much if it’s super functional. Go for a treatment that adds a little gold for warmth, or a vintage mirror that’s worn down a bit for some visual interest. Just be aware that the price range for mirrors varies quite widely — it depends on the combination of size, design and purpose.