Mirrors are one of the better ways to maximise light in any room. Their reflective surface bounces light into the room, making the space feel larger and brighter. Because they reflect light around the room, mirrors are ideal in windowless, small spaces to make them seem larger. Hung from focal points within the house, they draw your eye into the space and around the room. Don’t be afraid to hang more than one mirror on the wall to display a collection and create a dramatic design.
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Hang large mirrors over main focal points in the home like fireplaces and entry halls. Hang two identical mirrors side-by-side to bring height to a bedroom.
Open up a small kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash on the main wall, typically behind a stove or sink. Lining small spaces with mirrors magnifies surrounding light to create a sleek, open design.
Be creative and repurpose old mirrors with a fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget that old mirrors in several different sizes and shapes are an ideal way to show off a collection.
Don’t worry if you can’t find the exact shape and size or a mirror. Customise and complement your own piece of mirrored glass with a frame. Have fun choosing unusual materials like spoons to create a makeshift frame.
Hang small mirrors from ribbons to create a dramatic accent to the wall. Place them in small living spaces or bedrooms to create the illusion of a large space and to maximise light.
Pick up the light and reflection of the mirror with other mirrored accessories. Place mirrored trays, candleholders and picture frames near the wall-mounted mirrors to catch the light and create a sparkling effect.
Tips and warnings
- Don’t worry if a collection of mirrors does not match; the wide range of shapes and colours makes the display interesting.
- Open up the room by hanging a mirror opposite a window to flood the room with light.
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