Mirrors are a terrific tool to use when you want to make your small space feel larger. They’re easy to keep clean, generally inexpensive and are readily available in a wide variety of sizes and styles—from the gorgeous and gilt-framed to the clean-lined and sleek—that will suit any decor. Here’s how to use mirrors for maximum impact:
- Consider what they’re reflecting. Hanging a mirror on a wall opposite a window that looks out onto your neighbour’s dilapidated garage isn’t going to do you or your decor any good. Nor is a mirror in a dining room that reflects an image of the dirty dishes in your kitchen sink after every dinner party. Make sure what you see in the mirror is pleasing, whether it’s the tree on your front lawn or an eye-catching artwork on the opposite wall.
- Capture the light: A small bedroom or dark hallway can be made brighter almost instantly with a well-placed mirror, particularly if it is hung so that it catches the light from a window—even a small one—or an attractive light fixture. For a cramped hallway, consider installing a floor-to-ceiling mirror along one wall. Hanging small, framed decorative mirrors on the wall behind a table lamp can add a nice, sparkly ambience to any room.
- Don’t overwhelm your space: With mirrors, less is often more. Hanging a single, large mirror (or propping one against a wall) as a room’s focal point will have more impact than a grouping of small mirrors, which can chop up your space. Mirrored cabinets in a living room or dining room can also add a feeling of airiness and diffuse light effectively without adding clutter.
If you’re in the market for mirrors or other accessories to beautify your home, be sure to visit Sterling House Interiors. Sterling House sells some of the finest brands in furniture and home decor through its sprawling, 16,000-square-foot showroom and also offers in-home design consultations. Contact them today at 905-820-4111 or visit www.sterlinghouse.ca for more information.