If you are planning to use mirrors as part of your home decorating, you will do well to know about the various and unique advantages of using mirrors in the living room, bathroom and other rooms of your home.
Dark rooms often look small and give the feeling of a small space. This is the main reason why, for years, many interior decorators have been using mirrors to create a sense of light and space in small places. Mirrors will help give a sense of greater space by reflecting light. This reflection will fool the eye making it appear as if there is a greater amount of space than there really is. Such a kind of mirror placement can bring the natural outdoors right into your home. Small rooms in particular will greatly benefit from good positioning of a mirror or a series of smaller mirrors on a prominent wall.
One of the easiest tricks to create space and light in a room is by placing a mirror on the wall which is opposite a window. This will reflect the daylight and will automatically help brighten the room.
Using a large, full-length mirror in entry ways will instantly give the person entering a sense of increased space. This works most effectively when the mirror is placed on a wall or walls that the eye looks at first. If your entrance is very dark and lacks windows and natural light, place a small light above the mirror (as you do with paintings) and the reflection will create a warm, harmonious, welcoming reflection throughout the entrance. By the same token, placing bright lamps in front of mirrors in bedrooms and living rooms will assist the spread of light throughout the rooms.
Most of us have seen houses where an entire wall is covered with mirrors. Most likely the room was small or narrow and the owner decided to strategically place mirrors on a wall to open up the room creating a sense of flow and increased area. A bed or a table placed right next to a mirrored wall will instantly appear to be larger giving the feeling that, in fact, the room has doubled. Mirrored placemats on a dining table can add additional reflective effect but be careful not to overdo it.
Bathrooms are often a challenge to decorate but one of the best uses of mirrors is to fill the entire wall above the bathroom sink with a large beautifully framed mirror. Next, place two individual light fixtures almost halfway down the mirror, about 12 inches from each side. This easy to follow tip will double your lighting and will create an atmosphere of luxury.
And who said mirrors could only be used to enhance the inside of our homes? Mirrors have the ability to make small patios seem larger. Try using them throughout your garden, they will enliven the beauty of the plants and flowers. So go ahead and have fun with mirrors, just be sure to use mirrors that are weatherproof if you to use them outside.