How to: Decorating with Mirrors

Furniture & Lighting | June, 18 2013

How to: Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors are an easy way to reflect the beauty of a room, create delicate illusions and bounce light. However, as with most anything in interior design, there are dos and don’ts when it comes to using mirrors as decorative. So, here are some general tips, advices and examples.

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Starting with small rooms, one would figure that small mirrors should be used, but actually, large mirrors create the illusion of depth, so this can only benefit a tight spaces. A big mirror on the wall above a dining room table to reflect a beautiful chandelier is also a good idea.

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Some consideration needs to be taken when positioning a mirror, ideally you want to be reflecting something worth looking at, not things at random or clutter. The same goes for when light is being bounced, where is it coming from and to where is it being directed.

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Mirrors can also be stylistic elements in themselves. As such, they can and often should be the focal point in a room. A mirror over a fireplace is a great idea, the fireplace is often the focal point in a living area and mirrors are a great way to highlight the element further. It feels like water and fire mixed together.

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For bathrooms also consider putting another mirror near a window. This will influence the amount of natural light that comes into the room, which is often needed since most bathrooms aren’t full of windows.

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In home décor magazines, mirrors that sit on the floor, and are seven feet tall are a beautiful way to add emphasis to an empty corner of a bedroom.

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