Mirrors have a variety of uses in the home, such as reflecting light, opening up space and generally enhancing the decor. However, there are a few guidelines that you should follow when hanging mirrors around your house and Tracey at Lucia Victoria Interiors is here to advise.
A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big. Tracey recommends placing a big mirror on the wall above a dining room table to reflect the chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a beloved piece of artwork. And, if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can try wall-to-wall mirrors, to give them a more modern tone.
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. The worst thing a decorator can do is hang mirrors so they are reflecting random things in your home. For example, you’d never want to place a mirror in a spot where it could reflect a pile of clutter, or even an unattractive piece of furniture. You want a mirror to reflect a nice view or bounce light.
DO make mirrors a focal point.
WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how leaning mirrors dress up a space. Large upright mirrors that aren’t installed, but rather placed on the floor and rested against a wall. They’re ideal in dressing rooms and corners. And as an added bonus, you can put a spotlight behind one – it shines and creates a corner glow.
One bold piece can set the entire tone for the room.
DON’T go overboard with mirrors in the kitchen and bedroom.
Mirrors are not necessary in a kitchen, although we are not totally against the idea of a mirrored ‘splashback’. These can pose their own problems though, such as watermarks, which need constant maintenance.
Tracey also prefers to limit the use of mirrors in the bedroom. If a mirror is in a bedroom and it reflects the bed, it’s not a good look. If you absolutely must use a mirror in the bedroom, then place it in a spot where you won’t see your reflection as soon as you wake up. It should be behind you. Above the headboard would be OK.
There are several innovative ways to use mirrored furniture (such as a mirrored chest of drawers or mirrored coffee table) to enhance your home. Mirrors trick the eye into thinking the mirror does not exist. If you have a big piece of furniture in the middle of the room, you can make it appear as if it’s disappearing by installing mirrors on it. Tracey recommends placing mirrored drawers or desks next to a wall in a small room, as it makes it look like the floor extends beyond the wall and gives the illusion of extra floor space.
But, you should be wary of using mirrored furniture in a busy room. If there’s a lot going on within the room and it already has a lot of accents, mirrored furniture is not necessary.