Mirror, mirror, on the wall… how do I make my rooms bigger, brighter and tall? Mirrors aren’t always meant to just sit there and look pretty, there’s much more to them than meets the eye. Mirrors in homes are used for decorative reasons as well as having the practicality of seeing your own reflection. A way in which they are much more versatile is how they have the power to transform any room into a brighter, larger sense of space.
Here are 17 ways to make your rooms look bigger and brighter, by using just mirrors alone!
Place mirrors on the walls that people see first when they walk into a room. Their eyes will automatically be drawn and it will create the optical illusion of a bigger, more in-depth room.
Placing mirrors next to, opposite or at a right angle to large windows heightens them and show off the features. It also helps to throw around the most light possible, as well as potentially reflecting the outside in. This works even better, if you position the mirror opposite the window.
Mirrors shaped like windows trick the eye into thinking that the space is lighter and larger than it really is. The more windows a room has, the more life it has. For smaller rooms that don’t have the greatest amount of light coming through from small windows, add some mirrored tiles together. This will give an effect, as if a window was there. Or, for bigger rooms, look for options with beautiful details, like paned mirrors. This too, works even better, if you position the mirror opposite the window; as the reflection from the window opposite makes the mirror appear as a duplicate window.
Mirror Panelled Doors
Using reflective panels on your doors, wardrobes and cabinets bounce light around in the room wherever possible, enhancing the size of the room and also heightening the sense of space again. This trick is particularly useful in smaller rooms, where large mirrors on wall is not an option. They are also extremely practical on your wardrobes too.
Mirrored furniture is a perfect way of reflecting light and increasing your room size through the eyes. In the bedroom go for mirrored bedside tables, use mirrored cabinets in the bathroom and use a contemporary oven with a reflective surface in the kitchen. It doesn’t always have to come with the designer price tag too. Opt for high street options or get into a bit of DIY and glue your own panels on.
Prop and Go
Using a large free standing mirror propped against a wall, will brilliantly boost the sense of space in a room. Plus, you can reposition it every now and then, to refresh the look and try all sorts of options. It also makes it easier if you are moving house or just simply want to place the mirror in a different room. Placing furniture in front, softens any glare and creates further interesting reflections.
Groups of Mirrors
Sometimes bigger mirrors can also mean a bigger price tag. Grouping smaller mirrors together will be cheaper and it also looks fairly funky. If decorating is not your strong point, this option is your best bet, as it also adds a very decorative touch to your walls. Buy some cheap ones from a discount store or charity shop, then paint their frames the same colour. Group them on the wall in the same place, and there you have it; a very eye-catching, decorative display of mirrors.
Flip It & Reverse It
Turn longer mirrors on their side to create the illusion of the room looking wider. This works well on your larger walls that you’re struggling to fill, as leaving them blank can make a room appear empty and lifeless.
Task Lighting Alternative
You can place mirrored panels on top and underneath your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. It’s a technique used to bounce light in all sorts of directions whenever possible. Using mirrored tiles or one made-to-measure mirror as a backsplash, can make the smallest of kitchens appear that whole lot bigger. It’s going to get a little dirty overtime but mirrors spruce up quite nicely, the effect it creates is worth it too. Using these tricks will save you electricity too as you can use the natural, reflective light during the day, when doing certain tasks, rather than installed under-cabinet lights.
Wine and Dine
Place mirrors on the wall next to your dining room table, like in many restaurants. It allows for softer lighting, while still keeping it bright. This way, you can have your desired mood lighting, whilst still being able to see your dinner.
Asymmetric to Symmetric
In rooms where your ceiling slants, cover the tallest wall in mirrors to instantly double the size! It will make the room appear symmetrical as well as giving it a dramatic sense of space. The windows opposite will give the room a new lease of life as the light reflects on to the mirrors, then bounces back into the room.
By using a mirror that fits from the floor to the ceiling makes your space look so much taller. The long shape catches the eyes and carries them up and all around the room, it also makes it appear brighter. Try popping them behind furniture or place them on their own for a fuller effect.
Size Matter Sometimes
Hallways are typically long in shape, but if you add a mirror to the end of it you will without a doubt, enhance it straight away; making the hallway appear bigger and brighter. Use a made-to-measure floor to ceiling mirror or the biggest mirror possible. If you use a small mirror on a large wall, the size of the mirror will “shrink” and it will look quite weird. Hallways usually appear dark and gloomy, so using a mirror will bounce light around the whole room, as well as adding depth. The same also goes for landings. These are typically small and narrow. However, adding mirrors to the whole wall, turns that empty wall into a brand-new one, that’s full of life.
In Between the Lines
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While mirroring a whole wall may look the part and totally transform the room, it’s not always the best option to go for. Depending on the size or decor of the room, using a mirror across the wall may appear confusing to the eyes, especially in a busy room with lots of furniture and accessories. It makes you question where the real room stops and the mirrored one starts. Although it could work for some rooms, this sort of optical illusion is most effective for smaller rooms. A way round the problem is to use strips across the wall with gaps in between. It does the job of lightening the room and making it look more open, but at the same time you won’t see the reflection of every last detail, making it easier on the eye.
A perfect for place for mirrors are your alcoves. Fit tiles inside the gap by your fireplaces, or anywhere else you have alcoves, to give your space a greater feel of depth. It will bounce the light all around and will add a touch of elegance to your living space.
Placing mirrors opposite each other, gives the illusion of a never-ending room. This makes small rooms with little to no windows, a lot brighter and appear so much bigger.
Make the Most of What You’ve Got
With cloakroom or tiny bathrooms, they often feel very cramped and claustrophobic. By adding mirrors to one wall you give that bathroom a new lease of life. Our personal favourite are the antique looking tiles, because they look more decorative; giving a more gentle, warmer approach, as opposed to using a full shined mirror glass. It still lights up the room the same amount and again, makes it look bigger.
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