If you live in an apartment or small house, you are probably familiar with some of the space-enhancing tips that you can use to trick the eye. One of the most popular methods involves utilizing mirrors to maximize the existing space within a room. Mirrors are an interior designer’s dream, and for a good reason; when used correctly, a mirror can enhance the natural light in a room and open a small space.
A well-placed mirror can also be an essential design tool to add beauty and elegance to a room. The secret lies in learning how to correctly utilize mirrors to reflect light, thus creating an illusion, and adding depth. To help you along the way, here are some ways in which you can use mirrors to create more space.
Double the Size of Your Kitchen
The kitchen is a central room in your home where you spend a great deal of time preparing meals and gathering with your family. In your dream home, the kitchen would be large enough to accommodate your appliances, food preparation, and a large kitchen table. Many average homes, however, come equipped with much smaller kitchens. Fortunately, designers have a wealth of tricks up their sleeves to increase the size of the room.
You might not immediately think off placing a mirror in your kitchen, but when you do, it can add a lot to the overall real estate of your kitchen. A mirrored backsplash is a modern and maintenance-free way to add space to your kitchen. Another great way to add depth to your kitchen is by replacing your cabinet doors with glass ones. This not only doubles the size of the room, it also creates a modern look for your kitchen.
Floor Length Mirrors
Your living room is another area where mirrors can accentuate the overall look and feel of your home. This is most likely the first place that guests will see when they enter the home, so using a floor length mirror is the perfect way to open that space and make it more welcoming.
Floor length mirrors also work well in bedrooms, dining rooms, and even hallways to make the room appear much larger. One trick that designers use when working with floor length mirrors is strategically placing them across from windows. This creates space by reflecting the natural light from outside, and flooding it through your home.
Create a Fake Window
If you have a room that lacks sufficient window space, you can use a mirror to create the illusion of a window. The reflective properties of a mirror are the perfect tool to take that empty window space and open your room. You can do this as a simple DIY project, beginning with the purchasing of a rectangular mirror, similar to the size and shape of the window you are trying to emulate.
Once you have selected the perfect mirror, you can hang it in any room to open the space and create more light. You can frame these fake windows with some vintage wood, to add to the overall theme of your home. If you already have windows in your home, these faux windows look great hanging directly across from them as well.
Mirrors in the Bathroom
A smaller bathroom can quickly become the most cramped and uncomfortable room in your home. Besides the closet, bathrooms are the smallest room in the home, but there are plenty of ways you can increase that space so that it doesn’t feel so small. For starters, consider ditching the standard bulky medicine cabinets and replacing them with a space creating wall mirror.
If you need the space, or like the look of your medicine cabinet, you can still extend the size of your bathroom by adding small, narrow mirrors above the toilet and surface areas in the bathroom. You can even add small, square mirrors across the bathroom wall, behind the toilet to create an antique look and enlarge the room.
Although some people add mirrors across entire walls within the home, it can be confusing when working within smaller spaces. You can, however, incorporate strips of mirror across a wall, which will reflect the details within the room, and expand the size at the same time.
If you have a compact bedroom, adding mirrored closets can be an extremely useful way to create more space in your home. Not only are they functional for the square footage of your home, but it doubles as a practical way for you to get dressed in the morning.
Mirrored Gallery Walls
A mirror wall will create more space and contribute to the design in your home, in fact, some Interior Designers use this method as a stand-alone décor trick. When placed correctly, a panel of antique or brightly colored mirrors can create more space and enhance the rooms appeal. Some people choose to incorporate several small mirrors, and others prefer, large vintage mirrors placed in a gallery, or alcove.
The Dos and Don’ts of Using Mirrors to Decorate
If you decide to try incorporating mirrors in your Interior design, remember to place them throughout your home strategically, and not in a random pattern. Additionally, always use large mirrors in small rooms, this is the best way to create the illusion that you desire. It’s also best to use mirrors in hallways, and staircases, and to make them the focal point of your design space. Finally, consider using mirrored furniture to your advantage.
There are a few things that you should try to avoid when using mirrors to create space. First, avoid hanging mirrors on the ceiling, and try not to go overboard with mirrors in the high-traffic areas of your home like the bathroom or kitchen. Well-placed mirrors work well in these areas, but try to avoid using too many.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can utilize mirrors to visually enhance the inside of your home and create more space. Mirrors are an interior designer’s secret weapon because it enables them to expand small spaces, create the illusion of light, fake windows, and deflect attention from unsightly areas.