Creating the Illusion of Space With Mirrors


One of the easiest, and often most cost effective tricks in interior design, is creating the illusion of space with mirrors. Unfortunately, for many homeowners it is also one of the most overlooked or misunderstood ways to open up or brighten a space. Placing mirrors haphazardly around a home won't cut it. There are certain ways and places to position these objects that will increase the chances of creating the illusion of space with mirrors.

One of the best ways of enhancing or creating the illusion of space with mirrors is to position them so that they reflect brighter or more appealing areas. These more eye-pleasing features could include picture windows, furnished spaces, or spots where more light is available to brighten the area, bringing its finer features to light. Using mirrors in this way can draw the eye from darker and less pleasing aspects or areas of a room and focus them on preferable spaces.

Another great way of creating the illusion of space with mirrors is to cover an entire wall. Now this doesn't mean covering the space with a multitude of smaller mirrors, but instead using a single large mirror, or sectional mirrors, to trick the eye into believe the space actually extends further than it does. You may have noticed this design characteristic used in many restaurants, and it is indeed a feature that seemingly expands the size of many smaller dining areas.

There are several things one should take note of when creating the illusion of space with mirrors. Overdoing it by hanging too many mirrors, can be distracting, disorienting, and create a "house of mirrors" type effect. It is also important to note when creating the illusion of space with mirrors, that typically it is a good idea to keep mirrors close to eye-level in order to maximize their effectiveness. Having them placed too high, too low or being blocked by other objects, can reduce the mirror's overall impact and give an odd appearance. Adding mirrors can at times detract from a room, so it is important to ensure they are added only when and where they are needed.

Sue Krippner is a Free Lance Artist, Home Staging and Redesign Professional. She is attracted to "all things beautiful, especially as it relates to interior decorating and design.



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