How to Use Round & Rectangular Mirrors in a Room

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How to Use Round & Rectangular Mirrors in a Room
A rectangular mirror can add depth and light to a narrow space. (Candlestick in the Mirror image by Arne Bramsen from Fotolia.com)

Mirrors, while often utilised to provide a person's reflection, are functional decorating tools. Mirrors can make small spaces appear larger and can bring more light into a room when placed opposite a window. Rectangular and round mirrors can meet specific needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Large buttons
  • Framed rectangular mirror
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hot glue large buttons to each corner of the back of a framed rectangular mirror to serve as "feet". Place the mirror on a dresser or bathroom counter as a decorative surface to hold toiletries.

  2. 2

    Hang a rectangular mirror in a vertical position on a small wall at the end of a hallway or in an entryway to visually increase the amount of space in the area.

  3. 3

    Measure the length and width of the back of rectangular-shaped bookcase shelves and have mirrors cut to fit the space. Place the mirrors in the backs of the shelves to add visual depth. Objects placed on shelves will be reflected in the mirrors.

  4. 4

    Hang a round mirror over a rectangular-shaped chest of drawers or small table to soften the angles of a room. Use a rectangular mirror to duplicate and highlight angles of rectangular-shaped furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • When placing a mirror above a fireplace, hang it from a wire so you can angle it downward to reflect something of interest in the room.
  • Vertically placed mirrors work well in homes that have lower ceilings by giving the illusion that the ceilings are higher than they are. Horizontally placed mirrors will emphasise the horizontal spaces in the room.
  • Avoid hanging or placing mirrors where they will reflect a glare from a window or from a light fixture. This can be annoying and distracting to you and your guests.

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