Mirror, mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all? Mirrors in your home can be used for a lot more than just checking your appearance. Mirrors can add a little bit of magic to your home by capturing light and projecting it into darker corners, creating textural and spatial illusions and highlighting favourite aspects by reflecting them into your vision from different angles.
Improving light – placing a mirror in the right place allows you to make the most of a room’s natural light. Try placing a mirror adjacent to a window to catch the light and reflect it through the room.
Creating texture – mirrors create texture in two ways. Firstly by installing a textured mirror frame. This adds a three dimensional feature to the wall and can be a great statement piece. The second way mirrors add texture is by reflecting a textured object in the room – a wooden coffee table, a floral arrangement or art piece, for example. Sit in your favourite spot in the room and position the mirror so that it allows you to see something that you would not ordinarily see when you are sitting there.
Showing off your garden – mirrors can also be used to reflect your garden so that you can enjoy if from different angles. What’s more a garden mirror can make your outdoor space appear bigger. For example, placing a mirror at the end of a narrow garden can visually extend the garden or placing a mirror behind a blooming shrub can add further depth and texture.
Over the mantel – if you’re using an over mantel mirror, apply the rule of two-thirds. That is, take the height of the mantel shelf, double it, and that’s the ideal height for hanging the mirror above. And ideally the width of the mirror should not be wider than the mantel itself and be positioned symmetrically without touching the ceiling.
Creating space – space wise, the bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to create. A large mirror placed opposite a window will not only bring in natural light to a small room but also the greenery from the garden outside. A large statement mirror in the hallway entrance of a house gives the immediate feeling of uplifting light and welcome as soon as you enter.
Fun and games – large wall mirrors can also add a dimension of fun to your living room, child’s bedroom or home gymnasium because most people are fascinated by mirrors and their physical reflection.
Consider how a mirror can add magic to your home. It’s all about getting creative.