Mirrors are the perfect decorating piece for any home. Not just for that last minute outfit, hair or make-up check before you leave, mirrors play a vital role in reflecting a homes true potential. Some designers even feel you can never have too many mirrors, and that’s great because this is one item you can put in every room!
Here are 5 tips for using mirrors in your home decorating.
Play with Lighting
Mirrors are great for small, dark spaces in your home. The natural light reflects off the mirror to brighten the room. Rooms like entry ways and hallways greatly benefit from mirrors because they tend to have little to no windows to lighten the space.
Angle the mirror towards natural light and watch as the room illuminates instantly!
Open the Room
It’s no secret mirrors give the illusion that a room is bigger than it is. Dining rooms are excellent spaces for this purpose. This rooms tends to get crowded easily, especially during dinner parties. Adding a large mirror to a wall in a dining room helps guests feel more comfortable.
There are other fun ways to use mirrors to open a room. Add mirrors to cabinets in your bathroom or kitchen or even panel your bedroom closet with mirrors. You will notice your room looks larger than ever!
A fun trend in furniture is the mirrored look. It is great for adding a little glamor to any room. Furniture pieces like dressers, tables and vanities are the perfect addition to a home.
You can find a mirrored look that matches any design style. Look for different types of finishing, an antiqued mirror would work well for a rustic or bohemian style, while a clean mirror finish is great for traditional, modern or contemporary.
Think Outside of the Box
Have fun with mirrors! Use abstract, antique or bold types of mirrors. Make them the focal point of a room much you would with a painting.
Pay around with different mirrors, how you hang them and where you hang them. Try hanging a mirror in an outdoor space like to your porch. This will help make this area feel more like a part of the home, and allow your style to shine inside and out!
Layering may be considered a clothing trend but it can also work great with mirrors. Lean empty picture frames, statement sculptures, vases and other fun items in front of a large mirror and admire in the art that unfolds!
Mix and match
Put old styles with new modern mirrors for a contrast that will have your guests in awe. Mix and match different textured frames. Pair wood frames with metallic frames to balance each other out. This mirror idea is perfect for a bohemian style home.
With all of these great ideas on how to decorate with mirrors, here are some things to stay away from:
Using small mirrors on large walls. The mirrors will get lost in the space. Opt for a larger mirror that fills the wall better.
Don’t forget to keep you mirrors clean. Mirrors can be such a beautiful addition to a home. Don’t ruin this by letting dust build up on them.
Don’t use mirrors that cover your entire ceiling. This trend went out with disco.
Don’t put mirrors up without a plan. Think about what the purpose of the mirror is. Find a mirror that accomplishes your decorating goal and one that mixes well with everything else.
Most importantly DO have fun when decorating with mirrors. If you have any questions on decorating with mirrors, or decorating in general, ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff at any of our locations.