Jun 20, 2012

Mirror Mirror.....

Using mirrors is one of the easiest ways to change a space. From simple reflectance, to the 
accentuation of light, to changing the apparent space of a room, mirrors can make or break a space...
no pun intended. They can serve as a wall treatment, a decorative accent, and even the cladding for 
furniture.  Framed or unframed, mirrors can visually expand or reduce the space in a room.   
Consider a small dark room. Hanging a wall mirror to capture light from a 
window, doorway or floor lamp can  visually increase the space. On the other hand, when 
used in a small bathroom reflecting a unattractive wall filled with towels and shelving,
the space can seem cluttered and small.  Here are some tips for mirror placement.

Place tall, narrow mirrors along a hallway to make it seem wider. Add sconces between or inset into the mirror for double the light. You don't need to have all of the mirrors be the same.  Using old mirrors in different frames, some hung over wall shelves, will create interest and a bit of provenance for your home.

Use mirrors as the backsplash for a small kitchen, a server, a wet bar and more to visually expand the space. Add under cabinet lighting. Consider a mirror with a design, antiquing and other details so you capture more than just reflection.

Behind a bed, a mirror can open a small room, serve as a headboard and also a dressing mirror. 

An over-sized mirror on the floor or wall can fill an empty corner or reflect a beautiful furniture vignette. The mirror can be panels, cut in diamond shapes for interest, etched, antiqued and distressed to create a unique feature.