Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Forget the fairytales— mirrors have much more potential than being a tool for the vain. A mirror can enhance a space by reflecting light, creating an illusion of openness, and working with other design elements in adornment of the room. Follow these tips for decorating with mirrors to add some reflections to your room that are anything but random:
- Be mindful of the reflection. Don’t place a mirror somewhere that will reflect clutter or a dead space, but rather a nice feature or piece of furniture. Placing a mirror on the opposite wall of a beloved work of art creates double the view!
- Don’t put mirrors on the ceiling. It’s tacky.
- Keep mirrors limited in the kitchen, where there are many shiny appliances and generally plenty of light.
- Horizontal mirrors work well in staircases or hallways, creating a nice flow between rooms and widening the space.
- Make a mirror the focal point of a room with a bold, decorative frame.
- A long, thin mirror makes for a great table runner in the dining room. Set candles, plants and vases on top for a unique centerpiece.
- The classic mirror trick is to make a room seem larger. Use a sizeable mirror in a small area, either nailed into the wall or propped against it, to instantly open the space.
- Setting a mirror behind candles will create a nice, soft light.
- Let a mirror act like another window. If a room has great natural light, show it off with mirrors that reflect it throughout the space.
- Mix and match mirrors on the same wall. Use various frames, shapes and sizes to make an interesting pattern for the eye.
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