We have learned that mirrors have magical powers. Maybe not exactly the powers we were taught they had when we were children, but the fact is that mirrors indeed make the most diverse environments look wider and illuminated. And there are so many ways we can use them: across the dining table, on the floor against the wall, or even inside furniture!
Mirrors are one of the few unanimous accessories in architecture: they pretty much fit all styles and look good in rooms of all sizes. There are also right and wrong ways we can use them. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are going to get the effect you are looking for in advance. That’s why we’ve done some research in order to bring you a few tips on how to use them correctly, in order to help you create the atmosphere and the decorative impact that you had in mind.
In order for the mirror to stand out, the secret is learning how to deal with frame and size. Usually, the larger the piece, the better. Especially if you are looking to make the environment bigger.
Use it to enlarge the environment.
No matter the environment, your home can always look bigger with mirrors. Pay attention when choosing the wall where you want to place a mirror and keep in mind what’s on the opposite wall. Make sure the opposite wall has the pieces that you want to highlight and draw attention to. The mirror will double the size of the space and give a lot of attention to it, so it's very important that what is in front of you is as charming as the mirror itself.
Use mirrors on closet doors.
While you can certainly put mirrors on the inside of your closet, putting them on the outside is a great idea too. They’ll make your room look bigger and it adds a wonderful element of decoration.
Use it on your furniture.
Upgrade your furniture by covering it with mirrors. It will give it a stylish look which will compose the decoration. Just be careful not to exaggerate. Respect the texture and size of the piece. The plainer the furniture, the more you can use this resource.
Use multiple fragments instead of one piece.
Mirrors can be cut into different sizes, vertical or horizontal, for decorative purposes. It also gives the illusion of movement.
Combine different pieces.
You can create a panel of mirrors on one wall (similar to a gallery art wall) by using different sizes and frames.
Use them in the lobby.
This feature helps give life to a dull lobby. It doesn’t take up much space and it’s a discreet way to do the final once-over of yourself before heading out.
Invest in hall mirrors.
In halls, the accessory replaces pictures and gives a sense of depth. Mirrors reflecting mirrors can provide a beautiful effect, especially in narrow areas like hallways.
Go bold in the bathroom.
In the bathroom, mirrors are a basic item. But you don’t need to be basic with them. Use large mirrors to complement the lighting features.
Use them in an integrated kitchen /dining area.
Mirrors can facilitate the communication between who’s cooking and guests.
Mirrors in the kitchen, why not? And indeed, they can make it easier to cook and give your guests the attention they deserve in the dining area.
Mirrors are a wonderful tool when it comes to decorating your home, but only when properly used. Mirrors can:
- Bring out a sense of spaciousness in the room
- Hide unsightly features like beams or columns that look out of place
- Be used frugally or with limitless creative expression
People can also make the mistake of hanging little lonely mirrors in large and empty walls (in this case, opt for a composition). On the other hand, the use of large mirrors in integrated environments should be avoided. Mirrors should divide in discreet way. Also remember to avoid the use of mirrors in front of beds, which can cause discomfort at bedtime.