Mirrors are beautiful, and they come in an incredible variety of shapes, styles, sizes, and colors. They are a design fixture that can quickly transform the overall feeling in a space. This is because they help to brighten an area by reflecting light. Mirrors are also a wonderful tool for making a room appear larger. Mirrors can be glamorous or understated, extravagant or clean – depending on the frame style and size. Once you tap into the usefulness and attractiveness of mirrors, you can easily improve any area.
Here are five ways to use a mirror in your home for great design results:
- Use a mirror as a focal point. Whether over a buffet table (to add drama to a dining area), on top of a fireplace mantle (to add to width and height), or over a bed (to add romance and charm), a mirror can be a stunning star. After placing your mirror, dress up the focal point area. For living or dining rooms, flank the mirror with matching candle holders or floral arrangements.
- If your wall is wide, be sure the mirror is as well. Traditional spaces do well with chunky frames in burnished gold finishes. Modern spaces should have sleek frames in smooth finishes or frames with a geometric representation.
- Use mirrors to expand a small space. They work wonders in entryways to keep the area from seeming too narrow or short. Place a large wall mirror in an especially small guest room to open it up.
- Use a small mirror on a table as part of a centerpiece when entertaining. Select an unusually shaped frame such as an octagon, oval, or circle. Place it in the center of the table and layer it with items of color and texture, or top it with candles and glass beads. Dim the lights and celebrate the evening with sparkling beverages and hors d’oevres.
- Position your mirrors for good reflections. Check to make sure what you see in the mirror is a great sample of color, texture, and favorable design elements. Avoid eyesore reflections such as air conditioning vents, one blade of a celing fan, a random section of molding, or a window that throws off a glare. Aim for mirroring artwork, greenery, a nice display of accessories, or an open space that represents good design.
When your mirrors are used correctly, your room will be the fairest one of all.