Want a bigger, brighter home fast and inexpensively? Use mirrors (including wall mirrors, hanging mirrors, leaning mirrors) creatively to give your rooms a makeover by following these tips:
1. This is the most popular trick using mirrors and one professional designers use too. By adding mirrors to a room, you end up with the optical illusion of more space. Add bigger wall mirrors to get an even bigger effect. If you are lucky enough that your mirrors reflect a nice view (a scenic window, for example), it’s like putting in an extra window in.
2. If you’re unhappy with how a room is designed such as a sloping ceiling that results in an awkward space or a small gap you can’t do anything with, use a leaning mirror to deflect attention away from it or better, improve it.
3. Don’t limit yourself to one mirror. Grouping mirrors can produce a much-needed dramatic effect in an otherwise drab room. You don’t need to restrict yourself to one size or shape either. When hanging them, feel free to go symmetrical or asymmetrical based the feel of the room.
4. Use a wall mirror for an instant focal point in rooms without one. Build your whole room with the mirror as its centre. If your room has an existing focal point like a fireplace, place a leaning mirror on its mantle to draw attention to maximum effect.
5. Light a room’s dark corners or a room that’s plain dark by using hanging mirrors to bounce light. Put mirrors behind lamps and other artificial lighting. You’ll still brighten a room even if you’re lacking for a natural light source. Mirrored furniture also works to this effect.
6. Use wall mirrors to give dimension to your walls. Mirrors with textured frames work especially well since they also work as art objects and décor elements, boosting the aesthetics of a room. Another technique is to position a mirror to reflect textured pieces of furniture like your dining table or a vase.
7. Large mirrors can also create a window in a room where you want one or want to add more. When choosing where to place your “decorative” windows, keep in mind tips #6 (mirror’s reflection) and #5 (mirrors brighten) to make the most out of them and nearby objects from walls to furnishings.
As you can see, mirrors aren’t just for checking yourself out.
John Linden is a designer for Mirror Coop. Find out more about Mirror Coop by checking out their website.