Mirrors are frequently used as ornaments in interior design to create an illusion of space and amplify the apparent size of a room to add to the beauty of the design. Mirrors can be typically large and unframed.
Mirrors are “normally” found in the dining room over a sideboard or hutch, in the living room over a sofa or fireplace or in a bedroom over a dresser and in the entry or foyer over a console table. All the above are typically acceptable places for a mirror.
My optimism is that after reading my article, you will be inspired to think outside that mirrored box concept and try experimenting by using mirrors in a new and impactful way.
Who says mirrors have to match the finish of surrounding furnishings? For me, mirrors don’t have to match the furnishings in any way. Usually they are more interesting, more dramatic, more purposeful if they don’t match but make their separate own statement.
My steps for purposeful and effective mirror decoration is to start by evaluating the frame and asking yourself some questions. Is it time for a change to something with more pizzazz? What do youwant the mirror to reflect? Should you move it to reflect a prettier view? Often times the effect of a nice mirror is not highlighted because the mirror is not reflecting a nice view. Look around the space where the mirror is hung; a tacky area that is being reflected in a decorative mirror will surely not do justice to the mirror.
Scalinga mirror to your advantage is also a great way to use mirror. Do you Have a small space? Add a HUGE mirror!!!The caution here is to be sure to frame it with a heavy enough frame (wide moulding) so that the frame is in proportion to the size of the mirror. A huge mirror with a thin frame will not look good. It’s better for the mirror to be without frame than to have a mirror with a framing that is not proportionate to the size of the mirror.
Mirrors reflect light into a space to brighten and enliven the décor. Try using mirrors in varying sizes or with different colour frames to give this versatile material several aesthetic uses throughout your home.
There are several ways of using mirrors to beautify or decorate your living space..The true beauty of mirrors is that they can be utilized in every room of your house, try these tips and see which room you love, mirrors in the best!
Make a room feel larger:
In small rooms and especially apartments, mirrors offer an inexpensive way to give the illusion of space. Place mirrors on a wall opposite of a window wall and see how the view is multiplied times ten throughout the rest of the space. Use mirrors in a small kitchen as a backsplash and suddenly you will enjoy cooking and spending more time in your kitchen.
Add interest to a long hallway:
If your home has a long hallway, it’s a welcomed opportunity to place mirror vignettes, ‘puzzle’ piece mirrors or groups of hanging mirrors on the side walls. This will help distract the eye when walking down the hallway and will brighten up the darkness of the long corridor as well.
Brighten up your entry:
Mirrors placed in a foyer or entryway is a welcomed sight for guests. They reflect light and open up a dark entry and give a place for guests to ‘check’ themselves while entering your home. In a larger foyer, place a small table, flower arrangement, lamp or mirror on the wall to expand the living area into this welcomed space. Try adding a mirrored buffet or table to adjacent rooms to make the entry flow into another room seamlessly.
Bedroom full length mirrors can be fun:
Full length mirrors can be a simple framed piece on a wall or you can have a bold statement as a piece of furniture. Mirrors that sit on the floor and are seven feet tall are a beautiful way to add emphasis to an empty corner of a bedroom. Use multiple frameless mirrors on a wall to give visual interest, as well as a dressing room effect in your room. You might also want to have something out of the ordinary……imagine having a huge mirror installed directly on the ceiling above your Bed? Sounds crazy …….The possibilities are endless as bedrooms are all about self-expression!
Make a room feel larger:
In small rooms and especially apartments, mirrors offer an inexpensive way to give the illusion of space. Place mirrors on a wall opposite of a window wall and see how the view is multiplied throughout the rest of the space. Using mirrors in a small kitchen as a backsplash and suddenly you will enjoy cooking and spending more time in your kitchen.
Mirrors can be used in your bathrooms also. Mirrors in bathroom somehow create a flow of positive energy. We all need a huge dose of positive energy in the mornings.