Almost all of us have mirrors in our homes. A well-placed mirror enhances views, makes the most of a room’s natural light, opens up a small space and adds oomph factor. If you want people to compliment you on your selection and placing of the mirror, then you should know some key points as pairing the right mirror with the right location is essential to maximise its decor-uplifting potential.
Most of us have mirrors in the bathrooms or dressing rooms, but a majority of us are not aware of how to make the most of the mirrors as a part of home design. Apart from the utility point, a well-selected mirror stands out as decor pieces. They can be works of art and conversation pieces. They can be used to create new dimensions in the space or can be subtly incorporated to just uplift and enhance the overall look of the space.
Mirrors can be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms or any room with a limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend. If you want to include mirrors in your home décor, follow the below tips to make it look like a professional’s work.
1. Narrow Mirror Flanked with Art: This is one combination that always wins the heart. You can use it over a console in the entry or above a buffet in the dining room. Place a narrow mirror in the centre, which can be faceted or rectangular. Flank it with equally framed pieces of art. The key here is to create symmetry, so you should be really careful of spacing while hanging it too.
2. Don’t Go Overboard When It Comes to Kitchen: Mirrors are actually not a great idea in a kitchen. You can have a mirrored backsplash, but then get ready for constant maintenance. If you want to create that homier vibe in the kitchen, you can go with a wood framed mirror propped on a shelf; or simply hang it on the wall.
3. Do Use Large Mirrors in Tiny Rooms: To create that illusion of depth and vastness, you can go big. If you are adventurous enough, you can go for wall-to-wall mirrors too; else restrict yourself to one big mirror on the wall. It can be above a dining room table to reflect the chandelier or you can even install one across from a beloved piece of artwork.
4. Wall Mirror behind a Chest. If you place a chest against a wall that is lined with a mirror, the effect is subtle, but very glamorous.
5. Full-Length Mirror between Two Windows. This helps to create an illusion of two windows and helps maximise natural light. A casually propped full-length mirror against the wall is enough to bring a relaxed mood to the space.
6. Mirror in the Bedroom: If you are thinking what to do with the big blank space above the headboard, then you can opt for a mirror there – probably a sunburst type. Any mirror facing the bed interferes with your personal energy. It is said that it invites a third party into your intimate relationship, so care should be taken to ensure that the mirror in the bedroom never reflects the bed. Pretty mirrors behind bedside lamps are fine too as it is a great way to ramp up the glow of your lamplight.
7. Hang Outside: If you have a deck or patio, you can hang a big mirror there. It makes the outdoor space feel like an actual room, and the reflection acts as a beautiful picture of your yard.
8. Seeing Double: Going with two coordinating mirrors of either traditional or unique shapes for the hallway will double the reflection and make the space look much bigger.
Designer Andreea is of the opinion that there are no rules when it comes to decorating with mirrors. She says, “Mirrors bring light and depth into rooms — they’re like decorative windows you can move around and place as you like.”
Another designer Celia Berliner echoes Andreea’s sentiments by saying, “Mirrors have several benefits and can reflect and emphasise views and colours from art and/or adjacent walls creating special effects.”
You can always go creative with mirrors. You have ample of choices when it comes to size, shape and style of the mirror. When chosen and placed correctly, mirrors become more than something that you merely look into – in fact something that you actually want to look at.