Decorating your home

Decorating : Effective Mirror Placement

Mirror Mirror on the the hall....over the table...

Mirrors make marvelous double agents, says Jane Drew. Put them to work in your home and they’ll do more than tell you how lovely you are. Here are 10 tips to effective mirrir placement in your home.

1. Enhance the decor

Mirrors are an age-old decorative accessory and one of the most important tools in interior design. But at the most basic level, we use them to check our appearance, thus proper placement is tied to practicalities.

2. In the hall

Entryway mirrors are always welcome: you can check your appearance as you go out the door and guests can check theirs coming in. For a formal look, place a mirror above a console table. If you are interested in feng shui, bear in mind that a mirror should not reflect the main door.

3. Over the table

A mirror is a traditional fixture in the dining room, where artwork can be too distracting. It should hang above the mantelpiece or to the side of the table, where it will reflect candlelight and improve the overall ambience.

4. Increase light flow

Mirrors can also be used to draw light into dark rooms; a mirror placed in front of a window will bounce light back in. With this in mind, special care should be taken when lighting mirrors; to avoid glare, stick to complexion-flattering target lights.

5. In the smallest room

If you are having bathroom cabinets fitted above the basin, opt for the mirror-fronted variety; alternatively, consider a sheet-glass vanity surround. Today’s funkiest bathrooms are clad entirely in plain or reflective glass, but if you are concerned about feng shui, this can be a problem, as mirrors must not reflect the toilet.

6. Not on the ceiling

No bedroom is complete without a looking glass, since most of us prefer to preen in private. If you have the space, a freestanding mirror looks stylish in the corner of a room. Alternatively, rather than simply hanging a full-length mirror on the wall, opt for glass-fronted floor-to-ceiling cabinets. If you’re factoring in the feng shui, a mirror must not reflect the master bed, nor should it “cut off your head” when you look at your reflection.

7. Maximise a good view

Whether you use a decorative framed mirror, sheet mirror or inexpensive mirror squares, make sure the mirrors reflect something that’s worth seeing twice. After all, there’s no point in duplicating an eyesore.

8. Frame it well

A decorative mirror should take full possession of a wall, and since glass itself is cheap, consider a wide, statement-making frame. The frame must complement the surrounding decor, but you can’t go wrong with plain wood or gilded metal. In a child’s room, create a fool-the-eye frame by painting around a plain mirror attached to the wall.

9. Fool the eye

Clearly, the next best thing to actually expanding your floor space is to create the illusion that you have done so, and mirrors offer one of the best solutions to visually relieve a claustrophobic space. Opening up an apartment in this way effectively doubles its size – at least you’ll be fooled into thinking so.

10. Try plain glass

Designers do not only employ glass for its reflective qualities; rather it can be used to forge a connection between rooms. Unlike a solid wall or a mirror, a glass partition is a barrier you can see through, creating rooms that, although separate, seem to be part of one free-flowing space. 

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