Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

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Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room. Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.

Mirrors and Light

Using mirrors in small spaces is an effective way to enhance the size and depth of the room by reflecting the natural light. Mirrors give the illusion of more space and add to the decor without adding clutter.

Contemporary Living Room by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Darren Palmer Interiors

Where to Use Mirrors to Their Best Advantage

  • If you can hang a mirror opposite a window, go for it.  It will reflect the most light.
  • Using mirrors in living and dining spaces is the first choice, if possible. For example, reflecting the table in a dining room creates the illusion of double the food. That creates a feng shui symbol that signifies wealth and abundance.
  • Reflecting a pretty outside view brings energy into the room and it’s said that prosperity is signified by a reflection of water.
  • Placing a mirror in the entryway along with a chair or bench is a long-standing tradition. If the foyer is small, a mirror gives the illusion of space plus a place to check your appearance before leaving home.
  • Never place a mirror to reflect something unappealing…you don’t want to reflect a toilet in a bathroom or the trash container in a kitchen.
  • Never put a mirror on the ceiling…that’s just not classy!

Mirror Size and Shape are Considerations

So what size should you choose?  Well, it depends…

A large, floor mirror in between two windows gives the illusion of another window. But placing a large mirror across from a living room window is also a fine idea.

A round mirror will bring relief to a room that has an abundance of sharp corners.

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers William Duff Architects, Inc.

Unique Ways to Use Mirrors

Put a mirror inside a bookcase.

A mirror propped against the wall on a fireplace mantle is a clever decorating technique.

Placing a mirror inside a non-working fireplace is a wonderful way to open up and bring extra light into a small room.

Think about using mirrors as a backsplash in your kitchen. Mirrored subway tiles, for example, are very popular and add a bit of bling, as well.

Placing a large mirror at the end of a narrow hallway will make the hallway seem not so closed in.

A recent online article in House Beautiful, 10 Unique Ways to Decorate With Mirrors, suggests using mirrors outdoors on a porch wall. It will make the space feel more like a room and at night, it reflects candlelight.

Two other suggestions from the article include layering a large empty picture frame over an even larger mirror over the fireplace and using mirrored wardrobes in a dressing area or bedroom.

 Mirrored furniture should be used judiciously but that’s an option, too. Mirrored end tables or chests are good choices.

Traditional Nursery by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators Amy Lambert Lee,/center>
So there you go… just a few suggestions for using mirrors to maximize your small space!
If you’ve already used mirrors in a unique way, I would love to include your ideas, too.   And, as always, thanks for stopping by!
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(Updated 9/1/2018)

SOURCES:, House Beautiful

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