...Or 5 ways to decorate with mirrors.
Mirrors are a constant feature in our homes and lives. They can be used to reflect the 'true' nature of what something or someone looks like, or they can distort and trick the eye into seeing a whole new scene. They carry with them the idea of depth and have been used in literature to create whole new worlds, with the idea that the mirror can 'see' more that the onlooker. One of the most famous uses of mirrors in a room is the Mirror Gallery in the Palace of Versailles. It had 306 huge mirrors and was 220 feet long. Mirrors are extremely adaptable and can be used in any room to stunning effect - even in our more modest sized homes! Here are 5 ideas to try:
1) Create a sense of space
It’s an old trick, but still a very effective one; putting a mirror up in a small room can make it seem much bigger than it really is. And don’t be afraid to play with scale. A big mirror in a small space is perfect for adding dimension and depth.
2) Use in an unusual setting
There's no need to limit yourself to a traditional round or rectangle mirror on the wall. Mirrors can work virtually anywhere, as these designs below show:
3) Mirrored furniture
4) Group together
Grouping mirrors together can add instant impact and create an ever-changing focal point. Group a certain style of mirror together or mix and match for a more eclectic look.
5) Make a bold statement
The wonderfully versatile quality of mirrors is that you can be very bold with their size and where you put them. Bring mirrors into the different rooms of your home and use them as walls, experiment with colour and form, choose old or new styles and they will add an instant design feature.
In our home we have mirrors running up the walls of the stairway, which means we can have a conversation through mirrors whilst being on different floors of the house. It's important to think about what your mirror will reflect and what you put on the walls opposite a mirror. Positioning a mirror near a window or the door to your garden can help to bring the outside into your home. Do you love mirrors? How have you used mirrors in your home?
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