Saturday, 3 January 2015

MIRRORS

The use of mirrors in decorating


Today, mirrors are not only used for their aesthetic value or as functional accessories, but play a vital role in interior designing. Interior Designers are constantly faced with situations where they are needed to design a room with structural flaws. In such cases, mirrors help us create illusions to take the attention off them.
Flaws can be hidden by strategic placement of mirrors while decorating. You can make a narrow hallway look wider or a small room look bigger by placing mirrors.
Due to their reflective properties they are widely used to make dull areas look brighter. In a windowless room try placing long mirrors opposite each other and with proper lighting, see the area transform from a dull and dark place to a well lit room. Mirrors used to add light are always used at an angle to an existing window and those used for space enhancement are placed in corners to give an illusion that that the room continues.
You can change the perspective in your space by adding mirrors. For example-If your room isn’t a perfect square, putting a mirror at the place where the corner is missing will create an illusion of a perfectly square room. Using full length mirrors or mirrored ceiling tiles can make a small room look bigger and adds height to it. A mirror over the fireplace can be a focal point of the room and will reflect the entire room thus giving the feeling of space and enhancing existing fixtures. A mirror divider can be used to divide a specific area in a room to create an illusion of space. Adding mirrors at the back of shelves and cabinets will open up the space as well as highlight whatever you choose to place in them.
A mirror can be used as an artwork in itself to create drama. Mirrors with beautifully carved frames or mirrors cut in different shapes and sizes can be used as highlights of a room.
Besides hanging mirrors, mirror curtains, mirror strips and mirror mosaics are used to create dynamic effects in interior designing.

 Make sure that what ever the mirror reflects is worthy of reflection. In Feng Shui it is believed that mirrors double the energy of what they reflect. For example, if a mirror reflects clutter, it will double your clutter in the house and cause unrest. On the other hand if the mirror is reflecting the portrait of a god/goddess, a thriving plant or a happy family photograph, then the mirror is symbolic to doubling your happiness and prosperity.

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