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Mirror, Mirror… How To Enhance Your Home With The Right Reflections

From choosing the colour scheme of a room to applying the finishing touches, interior design and decoration is an exciting process. But it is also a subtle art; the clever use of light and space can transform a room.

But how can mirrors help designers to realise the potential within an interior?

In many homes, mirrors serve a solely utilitarian purpose – in bathrooms as an aid for shaving or applying make-up. These mirrors are more often chosen for their practicality rather than their design. We may therefore fail to see the potential to use mirrors creatively. With a little inspiration and clever design, a well-chosen and carefully positioned mirror can enhance – not just reflect – your living space.

Which Mirror is Right for Your Space?

It is important to choose a mirror that will work with your space. Too small and it won’t have any impact; too big and it will overwhelm the area and distract from other room features.

Consider the following factors when choosing your mirror:

Shape, Size and Style

The shape, size and style of mirrors can evoke different feelings: for example, round mirrors can bring a sense of calm and softness to a room, whereas angled mirrors offer energy and vibrancy.

Modern designers are experimenting with different shapes, styles and textures to create mirrors that are strikingly unique. It is becoming increasingly popular to hang a number of different mirrors together in a pattern – this can offer an interesting wall feature.

With so many different options available, you can let your imagination run wild when choosing a mirror. However, fundamentally you need to find a design that will compliment the space in which it will occupy.

Lighting and Space

The lighting of a room is an important consideration; the use of mirrors can help to increase light levels naturally but effectively.

Mirrors allow for the illusion of extra space to be created. Although this is naturally most effective in smaller spaces, the introduction of a reflective surface can breathe fresh life and vibrancy into any room.

An Interior Designer’s Best Friend?

Mirrors offer a flexible way to enhance – or even complete transform – a space. They can add a touch of glamour or classic style, highlight certain room features or increase light levels.

With a little creativity and imagination, mirrors can be used to great effect in different environments; their flexibility and potential to transform means they are often seen as an interior designer’s best friend.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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