Our houses are full of mirrors. They are everywhere: starting from small mirrors in women’s bags and ending with big mirrors in the living room. Whether large or small, mirrors are a valuable player in home decor. Mirrors can be used as a finish material on walls, and as a cladding on furniture. Hung over fireplaces and placed in frames, mirrors can transform a room from small to roomy in an instant. Mirrors are extremely versatile in that they can represent any décor style, and can also be used in feng shui to channel energy! Your home can benefit from the use of mirrors, and here are some simple uses.They certainly can contribute aesthetically and when used in the right places, they can be quite useful as well. There are a few key spots where mirrors can serve in terms of form and function and they are:
1. In the entry – placing a mirror in the entry gives guests the opportunity to check their appearance upon arrival. Plus a grand mirror can majorly bump up the style factor in the room like this one does… They reflect light and open up a dark entry and give a place for guests to ‘check’ themselves while entering your home. In a larger foyer, place a small table, flower arrangement, lamp and mirror on the wall to expand the living area into this welcomed space. Try adding a mirrored buffet or table to adjacent rooms to make the entry flow into another room seamlessly.
2. In the bathroom – obviously a mirror over the sink(s) is considered essential but try to think outside the box and use a statement-making mirror instead of the standard ceiling-to-vanity sort. Also consider putting another mirror near a window. This placement will leverage the amount of natural light that comes into the room, which is often needed since most bathrooms aren’t full of windows.
3. In the bedroom – I love using mirrors above the nightstands on either side of the bed. You can also put a mirror (or a set of them) above a bed. If you’re in Feng Shui or are superstitious, just don’t put a mirror facing the bed. Full length mirrors can be a simple framed piece on a wall or you can have a bold statement as a piece of furniture. In home décor magazines, mirrors that sit on the floor, and are seven feet tall are a beautiful way to add emphasis to an empty corner of a bedroom. Use multiple frameless mirrors on a wall to give visual interest, as well as a dressing room effect in your room. The possibilities are endless, and bedrooms are all about self expression!
4. Over or on either side of the mantel – the fireplace is often the focal point in a living area and mirrors are a great way to highlight the element further. From candle sticks to seasonal décor, a fireplace begs for a gorgeous mirror to adorn it.
5. In the closet – full-length mirrors are invaluable in a dressing area. If you don’t have a walk-in closet where you can have a leaner, just attach one to the inside of the closet door.