Decorating a new space can be a tricky task. You want to bring your own style to bear, so your house or apartment feels unique, and uniquely yours. But you also need to accessorize in a way that matches the style of the living space as well. An ultra modern aesthetic will never look right in a hundred year old beach bungalow, no matter how much effort you put into it. That’s why it’s crucial to find details that will work out in any situation. Mirrors can help in a big way. They’re timeless, while still offering enough variety to insure a vibe that gels with you and your family. Here are five tips for accessorizing your home with mirrors.
Probably the best way to get started is to place a mirror within your home’s entry area. This is generally the key spot for a mirror to hang, as it is both practical and artistic. You can place a statement piece here as well, as it is likely the first thing a guest will notice about your home. A mirror is great in the entry way because this is also the spot where you’ll want a last look at your outfit before heading out to start your day.
If you struggle with finding ways to brighten up a dimly lit room, mirrors may provide the answer. Place them correctly and the mirrors will catch light from other rooms that have windows, automatically lightening up the space. If done well a set of mirrors can do a lot more to brighten a dark room than even installing new fixtures can. It’s also a clever, more sophisticated touch. Instead of blasting away the shadows with a bright lamp, use the subtlety of reflected light to solve the problem.
For those who struggle to give a traditional home a more modern feel, mirrors may be the answer. Just do a bit of shopping around. You’ll want a mirror with a sleek frame, not one of those bulky, ornate jobs you see in museums or at yard sales. A well crafted mirror with a modern finish or paint job will set the intention for the room and help you drive away the feeling of drabness or mustiness that can inhabit an older home.
Mirrors also make a great choice when accessorizing a small space. Do you have a small house or even a studio apartment? You need to decorate in a way that makes each room appear bigger, and that’s exactly what a mirror can do. By reflecting the light they make the ceiling appear higher, and the extra depth of field will create the illusion of a bigger space. And don’t be afraid to use a floor length mirror in a small room. It’s a statement piece that won’t cut down on your square footage one bit.
Finally, use mirrors as a focal point by hanging them in every room in your home. Just make sure they are positioned with a bit of space in between, so you don’t feel like you’re about to knock on glass when you move from room to room. Spread them out, and vary the walls you use for hanging. You can also go with different styles to craft a unique feel for each room, which can fit the functionality of the space or the mood you are trying to create.