How to use mirrors effectively in the house ?

A mirror is a secret weapon of a designer to create a visual surprise in interior designing. Mirrors are a part of home decor for more than their practical use to check your face, a beautiful mirror can be used to amplify volume, light, add drama, create interesting reflections and frame views. It’s amazing to experience , how the addition of a mirror can transform your space, resolving any interiors dilemma in an instant.

It reflects light and make a room look larger than its actual size. Traditionally, mirrors are used in the toilet and hung above the basin counter or vanity table, but you can be creative and experiment with different parts of the home to place your mirror and also find different types of mirrors to hang.

Different Spaces in Your Home to use Mirrors

Mirror in the living and Dinning room :

A mirror over the credenza or the sofa is a simple way to amplify the light in the room. Choose a frame that goes well with the decor of the room and your mirror can be the icing on the cake. If your living room, or dinning area happen to be small, you can install a large mirror covering an entire wall from floor to ceiling so that space appears much bigger than it’s actual size.

Mirror in the Bedroom:

You can forego a full-length mirror in the bathroom, but not in the bedroom. It’s essential when getting dressed and heading out. You can have it on the walls or on the wardrobe door, you can hang it on the inside of a hinged wardrobe so that it won’t be seen when it’s closed. Make sure that you have enough space in front of the mirror for you to step back and see your entire body. If you don’t have space for a full vanity table in your bed room, you can convert your bed side table into a vanity table by hanging a mirror above it and placing your makeup on the table like in the image below. If you have a small bedroom, it’s a good idea to get wardrobe doors with mirrors so that your room looks much bigger.

Mirror in the Kitchen:

If you have a small kitchen, using a mirror as the backsplash for a working counter can be a stylish option. It will make your kitchen appear visually larger.

Mirror in the walk in and Toilets:

Placing a mirror above the sink in the toilet is the most popular choice for obvious reasons. A good size mirror with ample lighting is essential for applying makeup, shaving etc. In addition, to see the back of your head with ease, you could install a wall-hanging mirror with an adjustable arm. A magnifying mirror is a good addition over the basin counter. A heated mirror is a good choice so that it never gets foggy after a hot shower. If you tend to get dressed in the walk in wardrobe , you could think of installing a full-length mirror either on a wall , wardrobe shutter or on the back of a bathroom door.

Mirror in the entrance lobby , corridors and passages :

Placing a mirror near the main door of your home allows you to have one quick check before you head out. It can also be a very stylish addition if you want to create a cute little nook. Under the mirror, you can place a table with a basket to hold your keys, some change, shades etc.

Some houses have long corridors and passages without much natural light. These long blank walls can be decorated by placing a bevelled mirror on the walls , which can reflect light in the space and make it look much brighter even without much artificial lighting. You can go for one large mirror or multiple mirrors to create a gallery wall look.

Mirror in the outdoors – Balcony and terraces:

Mirrors are not just for inside the home. Use mirrors to introduce more natural light in a North facing terrace or a balcony. Mirror can reflect the outside natural flora and fauna on the dead wall of any of the balcony and terrace.If you live in an urban area, you might want to choose a mirror which will expand the horizon of an enclosed garden.

Different purposes and function which mirror can perform

Use mirrors to brighten a room:

To let the light in, simply place a mirror opposite or next to a window to increase the amount of natural light cast into the room. A mirror will control and make use of any daylight possible, so the bigger the mirror, the brighter the space. Mirrors effectively double up your light sources.

Use mirrors to enhance a room:

Mirrors are a smart way to deceive the eye. It can be used to enhance something or deflect attention away from it. Awkward spaces, such as rooms with a sloping ceiling or a gap too small to fit a piece of furniture, can be repurposed with a mirror.

Mirrors are a brilliant way to boost the atmosphere in your entertaining space. Placing a large mirror against a wall can create the illusion that there is a more space in the room.

Use mirror as your focal point:

In rooms where there isn’t a mantelpiece to position your furniture around, a mirror is a great tool for dictating the centre of the room. In fact, a mirror with an ornately carved frame works exactly like and art piece or a painting when it comes to choosing decorative art for your home.

Use mirror as a window :

For windowless rooms, the addition of a mirror makes it feel much brighter and more spacious. Choose designs for the mirror that features a window frame parts such as mullion and frames separated mirror panes or shutters to help create the illusion.

Use mirrors to double your space:

Adding a mirror will double the space in an instant. Small spaces benefit from introducing a mirror. Transform a storage cupboard into a small work area or use a slim pier mirror make a narrow hallway appear much longer.

Mirror can amplify any style you want in the room from classic to modern. It completely depends on the frame. An antique frame and a simple wooden frame will give a completely different feel to the room. So make sure that the mirror you pick is in sync with the rest of the decor and design style of your house.

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