Thursday, 23 May 2019
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest house of all? Mirrors are a sure way to maximize style in any room, contributing visual dimension and elegance while reflecting light and making a space look larger.
As an interior designer, I know how a well-placed mirror can bring a room from “meh” to “wow.” Before you start hanging mirrors throughout your home, here's what you need to know:
1. Reflect the light
I recommend trying to hang mirrors across from a window, if possible, as this reflects light and brightens up a space. Keep in mind anything a mirror faces—whether it be a window, wall or architectural element—will draw the eye and give it more importance.
2. Don't be afraid to go big
Large mirrors add depth, making a room feel bigger than it is. In a small room, I recommend leaning a mirror at the end of a hallway or against a wall. Bigger mirrors do tend to be more expensive, so don't be afraid to use smaller mirrors as units, which you can group together to create the same effect.
3. Consider a gallery wall
Never underestimate the power of grouping. Use mirrors as a gallery wall to add an artistic twist to your home. Distressed mirrors have recently made a comeback and look beautiful covering an entire wall behind a bathtub or in an entryway.
4. Make it a focal point
Another great option is to to make your mirror prominent with a simple, sophisticated placement. Some great spots include above a dining room buffet or above a mantel, framed with candles or a pair of sconces on either side to add even more light.
5. Pay careful attention to placement
This is the most crucial aspect for successfully decorating with mirrors. Unlike art, which is roughly hung at slightly above eye level, mirrors should be hung at a level which allows them to reflect properly. This could mean your mirrors are higher or lower than where you'd usually place your art. If the mirror will be used for function, make sure you don't have to crouch to see your reflection.
6. Let the frame shine
The frame tells the story, so consider what style and effect you're going for in the room. Gilded frames evoke Haussman sensibilities, so go for gold if you want to give your room a Parisian vibe. Starburst mirrors have a retro ‘60s vibe and work well in Mid-Century Modern homes
7. Get creative
There are unlimited ways to use mirrored surfaces purely as décor. Mirrors capture the reflective element of water, making them popular with Coastal Design styles. A mirrored backsplash in your kitchen is a great way to add shine, while a mirrored vanity or dresser instantly adds a touch of glitz and glamour to your boudoir.
8. Don't ignore the elements of Feng Shui
Feng Shui experts would caution against mirrors in the bedroom, especially if you're not sleeping well. Avoid hanging mirrors directly in front of an entryway or facing your bed; instead, place them on an adjacent wall so you can take a glance before you leave the house, without draining your qi.
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