Mirrors serve a number of purposes in a home, and they can be mounted on just about any wall. This makes them one of the most effective and versatile decorative features in any home.
The obvious function of a mirror is almost secondary to issues of aesthetics. A good mirror in exactly the right place can open up a room and create the illusion of added space. It can also be used to make a room brighter and more interesting. Here are a few ways you can change the character of a room with the addition of a mirror.
A collage wall
A great way to create a feature wall is to create a collage of mirrors. This is your chance to be creative — mixing and matching different styles, sizes and colours. However, you may want to make a circular mirror the centre point of your collage, and surround it with angular mirrors. This is also a good way of adding a splash of colour to an otherwise monochrome room.
You can open up a room spectacularly by hanging frameless mirrors on large walls. They create a clean and tidy aesthetic, and make the glass the star of the show. This is a great way to create the illusion of space in a relatively cramped space.
Do you want to make a big and bold statement in a room. Do you want the decor in your home to be a reflection of your personality. The juxtaposition of modern and classic is something that can really turn heads, so why not achieve this with a mirror. For instance, if you have a modern, minimalist home, a mirror made with natural materials or something antique will deliver the desired effect. Make your mirror dominate the space by choosing an oversized frame that simply can’t blend into the rest of the decor.
Different types of glass
It’s not just the size of the mirror and the type of frame used that can transform a room, it’s the glass used to make the mirror too. Beveled glass, for instance, offers an elegant look that is perfect for formal rooms. Flat-edged glass, on the other hand, delivers more of a contemporary aesthetic.
Hang them with precision
To truly make the best possible impact on a room, your mirrors may need to be placed in exactly the right position on the wall. To ensure that all your mirrors are level and ideally positioned, hang them using laser levelling.
If you want to make a small room bigger with the use of an oversize mirror, you may not have the wall space to hang it. However, don’t rule out simply propping the mirror up against a wall. This can make a very interesting feature when positioned in the perfect place.
Position mirrors opposite windows
Nothing breathes life into a room like natural sunlight. You can amplify the sun’s rays and brighten up an entire room by positioning mirrors directly opposite windows.
This can look spectacular if you’re reflecting an attractive and well maintained garden.
The fronts of cabinets, doors and wardrobes are areas of wasted space that can be put to better use with the addition of mirrors. They serve a practical purpose, but they also brighten up rooms and create the illusion of space. You can create a clean, sleek and contemporary kitchen by adding mirrored panels to cabinets. You can even use mirrored tiles to create expansive mirror walls.
Take the time to experiment with different types of mirrors in different locations around your home. The addition of just one or two could transform a room with the minimum of effort.