Top design tips for mirrors
A decorator’s secret weapon, mirrors are more than a practical object in which to check your own reflection; in the right hands, a beautiful mirror can be used to amplify light, add drama, create interesting reflections and frame views. Think beyond the bathroom and take a look at our top five design tips for using mirrors to transform your home.
Using mirrors to brighten a room
To increase the amount of natural light cast around a room, simply place a mirror opposite or beside a window; no matter how gloomy the sky is outside, it will harness any available daylight. The bigger the mirror, the brighter and larger the space will feel.
In a bedroom, for instance, the Sarzay Mirror is the perfect piece to make the space feel lighter and more open – especially when placed above a mirrored chest of drawers. Reflect on that for a second.
It’s not just natural light that can be manipulated in this way, however; mirrors effectively emphasise the output from other light sources too. If you’re tasked with decorating a cavernous space or a dark corner, placing a mirror near a table lamp can make all the difference.
How to create a focal point with a mirror
When it comes to choosing decorative art for your home, a mirror with an ornately carved frame can make as much of an impact as a painting. Mantelpieces are often a popular spot above which to hang a mirror but, in rooms lacking this feature, a large piece, such as the Sedgwick Mirror, is a great tool for dictating the centre of the room.
Alternatively, experiment with using a grouping of smaller mirrors to breathe new life into a plain wall. Whether you choose uniformity – mirrors of the same shape, and with the same coloured frame – or curate an eclectic mix of designs and sizes, the outcome will make a shining statement.
Make your mirror a window
In windowless rooms – typically, that’s bathrooms – a mirror can make a world of difference; go big and choose a sizeable design to really maximise the luminosity.
Another clever trick in darker areas of the home (think hallways) is to select a mirror that’s designed to mimic the shape of a traditional window frame, such as our trompe l'oeil Sash Window Wall Mirror or Ikkuna Mirror; effectively, you create the illusion of light spilling through a window pane.
Play around with shapes and symmetry
Don’t get hung up on practicality and function by sticking to traditional rectangular mirrors – there’s lots of fun to be had (and conversations to be started) with less conventional shapes, such as our Tipperary and Trifolium mirrors.
Placement and positioning are open to interpretation, too. Experiment by, for example, hanging a vertical mirror horizontally behind a bed, in place of a headboard. This is both surprising and impactful. And why not try framing a view? When used in pairs either side of a window or doorway, mirrors create a sense of balance and harmony, reflecting the opposite side of the room front to back, as well as left to right.
Don’t forget to embrace mirrors outdoors
Mirrors aren’t restricted to the interior walls of your home: take them outside and use them to introduce more natural light to a north-facing patio, a basement-level garden or a shady courtyard. Positioned opposite a patch of greenery, a mirror will create an even greater illusion of space and a touch of whimsy, too.
There really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules here: play around with a cluster of small and unusually shaped mirrors hung on a wall, or lean a tall mirror (such as the Mysa Mirror) against a balcony rail (or wall) for a hint of holiday inspired styling.