At the risk of sounding vain… I love mirrors! They quickly and easily make a small room appear larger by reflecting natural light (no demolition of walls necessary). Here’s everything you need to know on how to use mirrors to make a small space look larger:
For apartment dwellers, an enormous mirror can literally double the look of living space if the mirror is cleverly placed so that it reflects a window with a beautiful view or a doorway.
For someone in a more permanent living arrangement, try the mirror-on-mirror trick: completely cover the wall in mirror (sheet mirror must be custom measured and installed, but stick on mirrors have come a long way since the 1970s, for those who are more DIY-inclined). Then, add your framed mirror on top.
No budget for an enormous mirror? No problem! A grouping of smaller mirrors that are all related in color or style will work wonders, too. This is particularly effective on a stairwell or over a couch.
For rooms with limited, or no windows, use faux window frames backed with mirrors. This is best done in pairs (on either side of a fireplace, bed, or armoire). The mirrors trick the eye and the room will feel lighter, brighter and far less claustrophobic.
Not only is hanging a beautiful mirror a clever trick to maximize small space. Depending on the style, a mirror can also add a serious dash of glam to a room. Intricate Venetian mirrors are always one of my top choices, but gilt edge, and frameless bevel are all lovely.
I’ve showcased a few of my personal faves. But, if you are cash-strapped, a budget-friendly thrift shop mirror with a frame that can be painted, embellished, or enlarged through inexpensive mouldings will also do the trick!
Ready to get started? I’ve done the shopping for you. Here are a few of my go-to spots for mirrors of all shapes and sizes:
- West Elm
- Joss and Main
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
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