Other than being used in cars for safety or in bathrooms for self-grooming, mirrors are also a popular choice for interior designers to use in a home. They can be used in almost every room in a house for different purposes and nowadays, they come in so many shapes, styles and colours that can be really fun. If you’re looking to spice things up, why not get a mirror instead of going through the trouble of more elaborate redecorating or renovations?
We’ve compiled a list of 8 different ways you can use mirrors to enhance a room.
1. Visually enlarge your room
If you live in a tiny shoebox apartment or if you simply want to make your dining hall seem larger, mirrors are great for this purpose. Mirrors ‘make’ tight spaces expand and rooms seem roomier when you prop up a large mirror (at least three-fourths as tall as the wall). Mirrors are a classic interior designer’s trick to visually create instant square footage. See how this mirror below works in a small living room.
2. Brighten up the space
If you have a room that doesn’t get much natural lighting (north facing rooms or rooms with small windows), or if the lighting is minimal, mirrors can help reflect light into darker corners. Set the mirror in a place where they can receive the light from either a window or lamp and reflect to areas that need more light. For example, it can be across from a window. Another trick for mood lighting: position the mirror behind a row of candles on your console table to reflect the soft flickering light forward.
Another popular area interior designers like using mirrors are in entryways to welcome your guests with more light. Guests will also like the chance to check their hair before entering your home. I know I do!
3. Create the illusion of another window
A mirror hung to reflect a window gives the illusion of another window in the room. The space will look bigger and, depending on the weather outside, brighter.
4. Use as a headboard
Forget hanging large wedding portraits of yourself or generic scenery behind your bed, use mirrors as a headboard in your bedroom to create a refreshed ambiance in your place of slumber. It gives your bedroom a more modern look as well. One caution though, make sure the mirrors are fastened securely on your wall.
5. Use as artistic decorative pieces
Similar to paintings and photographs, mirrors, especially well-designed ones, can do wonders to your room. From fanciful baroque era frames to classic untreated wood frames, well-framed mirrors can add to the decorative charm in your room and make for interesting conversations. Interested to find one? Talk to an expert interior designer to get ideas and find out where to shop! Get creative! Just don’t overdo it.
Some ideas below: