When it comes to mirrors, most people think to place them in their bathrooms above a vanity, in a closet, and maybe an entryway. But mirrors can be stunning as décor in any space!
There are so many perks to decorating with mirrors, and can often be the cheaper solution when compared to other decorating options.
Mirrors are one of the most underused and overlooked decorating solutions. Here’s why you should be decorating with them!
Here are my top 7 reasons you should start decorating with mirrors:
#1. It Makes A Room Feel Bigger & Complete
Because it reflects the room back on itself, a mirror gives the illusion of more space. So go ahead and prop a beautiful large leaning mirror in any of your small spaces to give a room depth.
But don’t just reserve them for the small rooms, a decorative mirror can also help a room feel more complete! The trick is to reflect areas that have a decorative touch making it feel as if you doubled your decorative pieces and accessories, and filling voids in the room.
#2. It Bounces Light & Brightens Up Spaces
Add a mirror or two to any spaces you want to be light and bright. It is a great way to bounce sunlight into the room and reflect natural light throughout.
It is a great way to optimize any light you have and bring indirect light into those darker corners or windowless walls. If placing the mirror in the dark corner, also place a lamp so it’s light can be reflected into the space.
TIP: Observe a room throughout the day and pay attention to where the sun hits in the room. This is where you want to place it…typically opposite a window. Leaning wall mirrors help angle the light to hit the ceiling and bounce even more effectively.
#3. It Reflects Other Pretty Spaces
Think of a mirror like you would a sight line in a home or building… You want the view into each space to be a pretty one. It almost acts as a line of sight, giving you a view of the opposite end of the room.
In addition to giving the illusion of space, reflecting a beautifully decorated space just means more pretty things to look at in one glance.
TIP: Pay special attention to those reflections! If you have a favorite spot in the room that is well decorated, place your mirror opposite that area.
#4. Mirrors Fill Awkwardly Empty Spots
You know those areas you can’t figure out what to do with? The ones where more art could potentially be too busy, furniture is too bulky or awkward in the space, and any one thing alone just doesn’t work?
Yep, a mirror will fill that kind of space beautifully and keep it from feeling too sparse, or overly busy.
This works for fireplace mantels, hallway areas, over a console table, in a living room corner, etc.
TIP: An oversized floor mirror is best for this, but a large mirror that hangs in the middle of a wall as a focal point will also do the trick!
#5. It Compliments Artwork & Fills Out Gallery Walls
A beautiful mirror can compliment the art you want to hang on your walls, and give you a starting point to work from. Start with it as your anchor or center point, then layer complimentary pieces of artwork around it. The mirror adds more surface coverage without making the wall feel busy.
TIP: Alternately, consider creating a gallery wall of mirrors for a unique aesthetic! Curate a set of them for a fun collection.
#6. It Adds Visual Interest With Character & Charm
Vintage or thrifted mirrors are a fantastic way to add personality and old world charm to your decor. Look for ornate ones with visual interest, unique shapes, or a statement piece.
Every space needs something a bit eclectic to add interest and character, this is an easy way to do it without breaking the bank.
#7. It Is Incredibly Versatile Decor
Because they can come in any shape, size, finish, or texture, it is one of the most versatile types of wall décor! From wood frames to metal frames in a variety of finishes, or even mirrored frame. Plus a variety of shapes from a round mirror, to sunburst mirror, to straight edges or curved edges… you can find something that fits the aesthetics in your home!
TIP: Don’t think of a mirror as purely practical… think of it as another accent piece. It is simply wall decor that makes your space feel complete.
I have inspired you to add a few reflective surfaces to your space. These are those hacks use by an interior designer you can also employ in your home!
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