Mirrors are as common in decorating as wall paint and serve a number of purposes. They reflect light, make a space look bigger, serve as windows in rooms that don’t get much light and are cost-effective alternatives to artwork.
Here are a few tips from House and Home when decorating with mirrors.
DO use large mirrors in tiny rooms.
A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big. Place a big mirror on the wall above a dining room table to reflect the chandelier, or install a mirror across from a beloved piece of artwork.
DON’T place mirrors willy-nilly around your home.
It might be tempting to hang up a mirror to cover empty wall space, but make sure it’s reflecting something that’s worth looking at. For instance, never place a mirror in a spot where it could reflect a pile of clutter, or an unattractive piece of furniture.
DO make mirrors a focal point.
Large, upright mirrors that are not hung, but rather placed on the floor or rested against a wall dress up a space. They are perfect in dressing rooms and corners; as an added bonus, you can put a spotlight behind one so it shines and creates a corner glow.
DON’T go overboard with mirrors in the kitchen.
Mirrors are not necessary in a kitchen, but can make an attractive backsplash. Keep in mind, however, it would need constant upkeep.
DO obey the rules of Feng shui.
According to Feng shui, it’s not really good to have mirrors in the bedroom because they are thought to attract a strong element of water, which can create an energy of sorrow. Alternatively, putting a mirror over a fireplace is a great idea because it brings good energy into the room and balances the element of water. It is also good Feng shui to place a mirror in the entrance of your house as it offers a feeling of being welcomed.
DON’T use mirrors on ceilings.
This might seem obvious, but a mirror on a ceiling is beyond tacky.
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Mirrors: Reflections of Style, by Paula Phipps