Posted on: 30 December 2015
Mirrors are a great accessory for your home. Depending on where and how they are placed, they can be used to enhance the look of your home. Here are three different ways you can use mirrors to transform the look of a room.
Opposite Windows in a Dark Room
If you have a room that is dark and dull, you may have tried many tricks to brighten up, such as adding more lights to it. But natural light is one of the best ways to brighten a space. However, if you don't have a lot of windows in the space, you may think there isn't much you do about this. However, that is not correct. Placing a mirror opposite the windows with the most natural sunlight can give off of the appearance of more sun and light than there really is. This is because the mirror reflects the light and seeing it in the mirror tricks the eye into believing there is more light.
In addition to a well-placed mirror, consider using a light-colored paint on the wall. White, creamy yellow or light tans will all reflect sunlight as well and brighten up the space. A dark color will only make a naturally dark room seem more dreary.
On the Largest Wall in a Small Room
Another way to use mirrors to enhance your space is to place a large mirror, or several smaller mirrors, on the largest wall in a small room. A large mirror will reflect the image of the room, tricking the eye into seeing much more space than there really is. This is a trick interior designers and real estate agents use when trying to give off the impression of a large room.
In addition to using a large mirror, use light-colored paint on the wall and make sure your furniture is proportionate to the size of the room. An over-sized couch, dining room table that is too big, or a king bed will cramp small spaces and make them look smaller than they are. And dark wall colors make a space more cozy, which is not what you want when trying to open your room up.
In Narrow Hallways and Staircases
The last trick to enhancing a space in your home with mirrors is to widen narrow hallways and staircases with mirrors. You may think that placing a thin, narrow mirror in a thin, narrow space won't do a thing. However, a thin and narrow mirror placed horizontally will help to widen the space. Once again, you see the reflection of space in the mirror, which tricks the eye into thinking there is more space. But, since the mirror is positioned horizontally, it fools your eye into seeing things a bit wider than they are. The same principal holds true for rooms with low ceilings. Thin, vertical mirrors can be placed to trick the eye into thinking the room is taller than it is.
In addition to using mirrors, placing throw rugs or tiles with a horizontal pattern can also widen narrow spaces, as can using wall paper with a horizontal pattern. However, be sure not to use too many tricks. If the space has too many things going on, the eye won't know where to look and many of the optical illusions will be missed or overlooked.
When properly used, mirrors can brighten up a room, widen small hallways and open up a tiny room. With many different frame colors, sizes and styles to select from, there is a mirror that will fit in with your home decor, enhancing the look of your space while also providing a decorative element to it. To purchase some new mirrors to open up your home, check out a company like Glasshopper Schor Glass.Share