“Bewilderment increases in the presence of mirrors.” ― Tarjei Vesaas
Mirrors are an incredible tool for adding a sense of space, light and even personality in a room.
Depending on the style of mirror you choose, you can infuse elegance, quirkiness, light, and you can even double the size of the room – visually, at least.
Here are our favourite mirror tricks for adding a sense of space, light, and personality with mirrors.
Round To Soften
A circular shape is very organic.
We often use a round mirror to soften a room that has a lot of hard surfaces and square or rectangular shapes.
We placed this mirror in a bathroom that otherwise had a lot of geometric shapes and picked up the black of the tapware in the frame of the mirror to make it belong.
Vintage Mirrors For Quirkiness
I have to admit I’m a bit of a vintage tragic.
A montage of vintage mirrors can add an exquisite look to a dining room, bedroom or bathroom in a character home.Important to note that excess humidity in the room will cause the mirrors to deteriorate.
Mirror splashback is a very effective way of visually expanding a small kitchen. Interestingly, it is not strictly mirror but reflective glass.
There are quite a few products to choose from and it is important to note that to be used as a splashback, it needs to be toughened.
So once your kitchen benchtops are installed, the glazier will measure, cut the glass and holes for powerpoints etc.
It will then be sent off to the factory to be toughened before it can be installed. This process can take up to 2 weeks.
Our preferred supplier is Surry Hills Glass.
Floor mirror for impact
Now, this is a bold statement, especially in an entrance way.
You get that sense of grandeur the minute you step inside the door. Of course, you can magnify the effect by strategically placing it adjacent to a window so it reflects the light around the room.
When choosing the frame, work with the overall style of the room and the lighting. Adding some black to a colour scheme can really lift it and you can do this just by adding a simple black frame to your mirror.
Sex in The City Dressing Room
Forget about the mirror, we want the wardrobe.
What hot-blooded woman wouldn’t love to channel their inner Carrie Bradshaw in this stunner?
Trompe l’oeil Outdoors
An outdoor mirror can add an extra dimension to your garden particularly if it is flanked by lush green foliage.It will trick the eye and occur like an opening to another space.
A few tips:
The back of an external mirror needs to be sealed from moisture so that it doesn’t deteriorate prematurely. Take care in locations that are exposed to direct sunlight as there is a risk of cracking and also of fire.
Makeup Mirrors With Lights
They are not the prettiest to look for but if you can manage to find a space in your bathroom or bedroom for one of these babies, the woman of the house will love you.
We spend a lot of time on accent lighting to make the bathroom more beautiful but sometimes neglect to make life easier for its users to make themselves more beautiful.
Unlike ambient or accent lighting, the lights on these mirrors shine directly on the face making grooming SO much easier.
Wardrobe Door Luxe
Mirror doors on a wardrobe can look a bit tacky. But if you can get them right, they are a great value add for a bedroom.
There is nothing like a full-length mirror to do a final check on your look before you head out.
In this bedroom, we were not particularly looking for mirror doors but we’re working to create a window box look using flatpack and the Ikea mirror doors were the only available solution in the right dimensions.
As it turned out, the mirrors worked really well with the natural tones and textures – taking on a type of platinum property which added to the luxe look.
So make sure that mirrors feature in your plans for your renovation and styling. They not only add space, light, and functionality to your space – but they can also add personality.
If you have used mirrors creatively in your home, we would love to hear from you in the comments.