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 by using just mirrors alone!
- Grand entrance
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, in-depth.
- Window reflection
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.
- Door panelling
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. It’s also extremely practical on your wardrobes when you have a set that covers all of one wall.
- Mirrored furniture
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
By using a large freestanding mirror propped against a wall, it will brilliantly boost the sense of space in a room. Plus, you can reposition it to refresh the look and try all sorts of options. It also makes it easier if you want to move house or just simply place the mirror in a different room. Placing some furniture in front softens any glare and creates further interesting reflections.
- Go for groups
Sometimes bigger mirrors can also mean bigger price tag. Grouping smaller mirrors together will be cheaper and it also looks fairly funky. If you don’t know how to decorate a wall this option is your best bet as it also adds a very decorative touch. Buy some cheap ones from a discount store or charity shop then paint their frames the same colour and group them on the wall in the same place.
- Do some flippin’
Turn longer mirrors on their side to create the illusion of the room looking longer. This works well on your larger walls that you’re struggling to fill as leaving them blank can make a room appear empty.
- Task lighting alternative and brilliant backsplashes
You can place mirrored panels on top and underneath your bathroom and kitchen cabinets, it’s a curious technique 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 light during the day, when doing certain tasks, rather than installed under-cabinet lights. You can see what you need to do, while making it a more pleasant place to stand.
- 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. It’s described as mood lighting that lets you still 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 bounce back into the room.
- Floor length
By using a mirror that fits from the floor to the ceiling makes your space look 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.
- I can’t believe it’s not butter
Mirrors shaped like windows trick the eye into thinking that the space is lighter and larger than it really is. For smaller rooms that don’t have the greatest amount of light coming through from the small windows, add some mirrored tiles together to give the effect as if a window was there. Or, for bigger rooms, look for options with beautiful details, like paned mirrors.
- Onions have layers, ogres have layers.
You are not always limited to just one mirror, layering mirrors creates a much more open space, as well as being a whole lot brighter. You will also add depth without it looking cluttered.
- Size does 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. Use a made-to-measure floor to ceiling mirror or the biggest mirror possible (if you use a small one on a large wall, the size of the mirror will “shrink” and will look weird). Hallways usually appear dark and gloomy, using a mirror will bounce light around the whole room and add depth.
- In between the lines
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 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 wide 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, meaning it will be easier on the eye.
- Fill the gaps
A perfect for place for mirrors are your alcoves. Fit tiles inside the gap by your fireplaces 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.
- Make the most with 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.
Share your ideas with us below on how you use your mirrors to enhance your rooms!