Designing With Mirrors
Sometimes the simplest changes can create the greatest impact in your home – and adding mirrors to your design scheme is one of them. I’m not just referring to wall hung mirrors – although they are always beautiful – but introducing strategically placed mirrored surfaces in your foyer, kitchen, bath, living room, dining room or bedroom. Reflective surfaces brighten a space and create that extra layer of sparkle and texture, at the same time visually increasing a sense of space.
Here are some stunning ideas for adding that spectacular look to your room.
- Mirroring the adjacent wall to the entry with a large oversized frame will transform a dark and dingy foyer into a bright and spectacular space.
- Or take it a step further and adhere some beveled-mirrored tiles to the entire wall with a beautiful glass chandelier suspended from above.
- If large mirrors aren’t for you then consider a mirrored chest at the entry with your favorite piece of art above highlighted with a crystal or glass table lamp and finished with an exquisite arrangement of fresh flowers.
- Add some instant light and reflection in your kitchen with a mirrored backsplash. Do you have a killer view of the ocean or a spectacular English garden? What better way than to highlight it and integrate the interior with the exterior for a panoramic view.
- For added texture apply either glass or mirrored mosaic tiles to the backsplash and you’ll still achieve that shimmer and shine.
- The use of multiple mirrored surfaces will open up a small space and create a sense of elegance and glamour. Consider mirroring the entire wall from the top of the countertop material all the way to the ceiling. It will visually double the size of a smaller bathroom and reflect the natural light.
- A mirror placed across from the bathroom window also adds depth to the room.
- Reflective backsplashes also work and will create a similar effect or antique mirrored tiles.
- In a more traditional home apply mirrored sections on the walls in framed in molding and paneling for a crisp classic style – enhancing your furniture and creating a bright beautiful space.
- For a more contemporary flair introduce a crisp and cool fireplace surround to double the glow of the fire when lit.
- Or add some beveled mirrors or tiles with glass rosette insets for a more traditional style.
- Free standing glass screens will definitely add some drama along with a mirror mounted over a mirrored surface to provide you with a greater sense of detail and depth.
- Whether you have a built in closet or a French wardrobe, mirror your closet doors to not only expand the light and space but to also provide you a sense of elegance
- Introduce mirrored nightstands by adding glamour to your storage.
Incorporating mirrors into your interior design plans is an easy way to add light, space and airiness to your room . For larger rooms, it adds a new dimension to the space. Play around with different mirror shapes and reflective surfaces. I know you’ll find the perfect solution to spicing up the ambiance of every room in your house.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.