A mirror can provide answers to all sorts of interior design dilemmas. It can be traditionally framed and hung, used as a backsplash in a kitchen, used in multiples to cover a wall, and much more. Everybody knows that aside from its intended use as a place to groom or check your outfit, a mirror makes a small space look bigger. But that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of using mirrors in interior design. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Follow the links below to rooms (courtesy of Houzz) that use mirrors in ways you may never have imagined to solve a multitude of problems and to enhance natural light …
Mirrors For Dark or Confined Spaces
A mirror and a hallway are a match made in heaven. That’s because, of course, hallways are narrow and confining spaces and mirrors make them look larger. They also have a tendency to be on the dark side. Mirrors reflect light, making a dark space look brighter, especially if you use white or light-colored paint on the walls. You can also place them so they reflect something beautiful in the hallway, whether that’s a piece of art on the wall or a beautiful vase of flowers. Clever use of mirrors make a tiny, windowless powder room feel less confining and brighter as it bounces light from the fixture around the room. Here again, a white background increases the light reflecting effect.
Strategically Placed Mirrors
Strategic placement of mirrors can be used to multiply one beautiful feature in a room. In this stunning bedroom, your eye is fooled into thinking the bed is surrounded by stained glass windows. In fact the only stain glassed window in the room is the beautiful arched window behind the bed. The other “windows” are actually mirrors mounted in rows on the room’s slanted ceiling. Brilliant!. Another example of strategic reflection is this clever use of six identical mirrors mounted to resemble a window on the wall behind the sofa, giving the illusion that there’s another room beyond. One large wall-sized mirror wouldn’t have the same effect, and sometimes confuses people as to where the room actually ends.
Layering mirrors adds interest, dimension and utility all at the same time in this bathroom which layers a tilting mirror on top of a wall-mounted mirror and tops that off with a round magnifying mirror on an extension arm mounted on the side wall. You can also use the layering trick to create a focal point, add interest and create an intimate mood.
Using Mirrors as Art
Custom-made or sculptural mirrors are art in and of themselves, while at the same time offering the same light-reflecting, size-enhancing features that any ordinary mirror provides. A really unusual mirror creates an immediate focal point in this living room. It literally draws your eye as soon as you enter the room. A collection of round mirrors in varying sizes create an artful statement in a contemporary hallway. Another collection of wood-framed round mirrors in varying sizes make a unique stairway art display as opposed to the usual and expected framed photo gallery. They also reflect a little light into a dark space.
A mirror placed against a dark fence reflects light and color from the garden beyond and seems almost like living art. Mirrored exterior walls reflect light from different angles, making a patio and surrounding flower beds seem more expansive. Hang a mirror low on a garden shed to reflect the garden and an interesting or beautiful garden sculpture.
There are literally hundreds of unusual ways to enhance your interior (and even your exterior!) using mirrors. All it takes is a creative imagination!