A MIRROR is a decorators secret weapon. Far from simply being a practical object in which to check your face, a beautiful mirror can be used to amplify light, add drama, create interesting reflections and frame views. It’s astounding how the addition of a mirror can transform your space, resolving any interiors dilemma in an instant. Think beyond the bathroom and take a look at our top SEVEN design tips for using mirrors in your home.
1. ELECTRIFYING YOUR WALLS : Anything that makes a wall look grand is a winner in my book. From super-sized mirrors to amazing gold gilded vintage frames mirrors to sunburst mirrors. Classic, sophisticated they make walls a talking point.
2. MAKE YOUR MIRROR A WINDOW: For windowless rooms, the addition of a mirror makes it feel much brighter and more spacious. Choose designs that feature traditional window frame parts such as separated mirror panes or shutters to help create the illusion. A well-positioned mirror can make a smaller room look more expansive and will play off light emitted from the natural windows in a larger room.
3. USE MIRRORS TO ILLUMINATE DARK CORNERS: Maximise the amount of light in a space by placing a mirror behind a switched-on lamp, or pair with mirrored furniture to reflect all sources of light (both natural and artificial) which will brighten up your scheme in turn.
4. USE A GROUP OF MIRRORS AS DECORATION: Consider using a group of mirrors as decoration to breathe new life into a plain wall. They could all be the same shape, have the same colour frame or be an eclectic, vintage mix of mirrors that you love. Alternatively, choose one big, bold statement mirror then build your scheme around it. There is rarely such a thing as a mirror, which is too big.
5. CHOOSE DIFFERENT SHAPED MIRRORS: Don’t just stick to traditional rectangular mirrors. Consider the shape or style of your room and reflect that in the frame of your chosen mirror. Mirrors don’t always have to be practical. An unusually shaped one will certainly create a talking point whilst giving a room the wow-factor.
6. DECORATING WITH MIRRORED FURNITURE: You will still see these glamorous pieces in interiors today, so mirrored furniture seems to be here to stay. When it comes to updating your interiors, place a mirror furniture your largest wall to reflect as much light as possible back into the room.
7. USE MIRRORS OUTDOORS: That’s right – mirrors are not just for inside the home. Use mirrors to introduce more natural light in a North facing terrace, a basement level garden or a shady courtyard. If you live in an urban area, you might want to choose a mirror, which will expand the horizon of an enclosed garden. In a country setting, the use of mirrors is a lovely way to catch a glance at the wildlife and fauna residing outdoors, and create the illusion of even more greenery.