Using Mirrors for Interior Decoration

While it is true that the main purpose of mirrors is their reflection, one could find many other ways to decorate with them. Of course, placing the mirrors randomly around your home will not only hinder their other useful benefits, but also compromise your entire interior. Here are some interesting and unique ways of decorating with mirrors.

Room and Mirror Size

The fact that mirrors can be used to make a room appear larger is common knowledge, but there’s more to this. Place a large mirror in a small room and it will create an illusion of depth, which is exactly what a piece of tiny space needs. Take bathrooms for example; if the room is small, placing a tiny mirror above the sink creates an illusion of a slightly larger space. However, bathrooms, as a rule of thumb, aren’t supposed to be hugely spacious and a small mirror goes perfectly well here. On another hand, if your dining room isn’t too large, installing a large mirror on the wall above the dining room table will make it look significantly more spacious.

Use it for Allowing More Light into a Room

Regardless of its purpose, a dim room is a definite no-go. People will often go through a lot of trouble with finding perfect lighting angles and with installing additional fixtures, which may lead to the space looking bleak and uninteresting. Well, using mirrors to allow more light into a room will definitely help here, if approached with dedication and diligence. This is especially useful when it comes to rooms that don’t get a lot of sun. Our advice is to position the mirror in the general area that first catches attention; for example, in bare spaces and blank walls that face the entrance into the room.

The Floating View

When it comes to mirrors, we automatically tend to think “walls”. In truth, mirrors don’t really need to hang on them – you can install wooden beams in front of a large window and hang your mirror(s) there – picture windows are a beautiful modern trend, which will look even more, well, picturesque with the mirror twist.

Use them as Artwork

If you’ve invested a lot of planning into your interior design, your home is likely a piece of art in itself, so why not accentuate it even more? A framed custom mirror put against the wall of a living room can inspire a rather sophisticated feel and a short hallway can easily be lengthened by simply placing a sleek mirror.

Another way to use mirrors as artwork is combining them into a reflective grouping. Use a variety of shapes and sizes here with different frames and borders to make a blank wall interesting.

Mirror Shapes

Of course, mirrors aren’t only different in terms of their size. The variety of their shapes and sizes can be used in different ways:

  • Large round mirrors can create a high-impact focal point and tend to look cool and nonchalant.
  • Small round mirrors are perfect for windowless corners in tiny powder rooms.
  • Horizontal rectangle mirrors are best used for filling the space above lengthy expanses – perfect for empty spaces above a fireplace mantel.
  • Vertical rectangle mirrors, on another hand, are somewhat versatile. Their classic form tends to make them look like a painting, so treating this type of reflective surfaces as pieces of artwork is definitely the way to go.

Mirrors are hugely underestimated when it comes to interior decoration. If you use them wisely and with planning, you are more than likely to provide a better look for your home. Just think about how bleak the interior spaces would look without these clever reflective surfaces.

Diana Smith

My name is Diana. I'm a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. Since I spend a lot of time at home (especially in the kitchen) I always look for low cost ways to improve the space for me and my family. Sometimes is just a small change like colorful curtains or new sofa pillows and sometimes I try to find a good way to organize small space.

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