According to the "Decorating Diva" website, more and more people are utilising outdoor spaces, like back porches, as extra rooms. These "rooms" are decorated just like any other space in the home, which means that popular indoor-area decorative items work outside as well. In addition to decorative pieces like colourful pottery, outdoor wall art and outdoor furniture, consider the role mirrors can play in the decorative motif as well. Mirrors reflect the beautiful scenery around them as well as give an area an impression of spaciousness. Additionally, they fit into every decorating style, from shabby chic to ultra modern.
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Things you need
- Framed mirrors of various sizes
- Decorative candles
- Mirrored garden tiles
- Mirrored mosaic tiles
- Mirrored wind chimes
Prepare the area by painting the wall. Paint the wall a colour that contrasts with both the frames of the mirrors and the colours of the furniture you'll use to outfit the area. For example, some possible colour combinations include a Southwest red wall with blue mirror frames, a yellow wall with black frames or a bamboo green wall with tan frames.
Hang a variety of framed mirrors of different shapes and sizes on the wall to create a montage of mirrors. To add visual interest to the montage, incorporate framed outdoor artwork among the mirrors. Outdoor wall art is equivalent to the art you hang indoors; the only difference is that the materials used to create it are outdoor-friendly.
Hang a mirror above an outdoor fireplace. To add a bit of extra decorative flair, decorate the fireplace's mantel with colourful candles that will reflect in the mirror during the night.
Use mirrors to emphasise a wall fountain. Lay mirror-tiled stones around the base of the fountain to reflect the sparkling water.
Play with shapes in your mirror displays. For example, above an outdoor sofa, position five diamond-shaped mirrors so that they form a larger diamond-shaped mirror. To do this, hang all of the smaller mirrors close together so that they appear to be one mirror.
Reflect a little sunlight around your yard with some mirrored wind chimes hung from a hook in the wall. These wind-catching decorative items add a light tinkling sound to your backyard and support your mirror decorating theme.
Tips and warnings
- If you opt to put a mirror on the outside wall on the porch, think about having the mirror serve double duties. Not only can it reflect your beautiful plants and yard decorations, but it can also be used to cover blemishes on the wall.
- Mirrors will reflect everything around them, so make sure that they are shielded from direct sunlight to avoid burning the eyes.
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