Friday, 3 November 2017

The use of mirrors in decorating

Mirrors add light and depth to room interiors. Keep in mind that mirrors have a unique ability both to reflect and accentuate hues and views from neighbouring walls and thus create striking effect.
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. Mirrors double up your light sources. 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.
·       Awkward spaces, such as rooms with a sloping ceiling or a gap too small to fit a piece of furniture, can be repurposed with a mirror.
·       Using full length mirrors or mirrored ceiling tiles can make a small room look bigger and adds height to it. Designers tend to use mirrors in small rooms since they are able to visually expand it.
·       Don’t just stick to traditional rectangular mirrors. Consider the shape or style of your room and reflect that in the frame of chosen mirror.
·       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.
·       Mirrors are key components when it comes to framing your view. When used in pairs either side of a window or doorway, they create a sense of balance and harmony, mirroring the opposite side of the room front to back as well as left to right.
·       Consider using a group of mirrors as decoration to breathe new life into a plain wall. They could all be the same shape, have the same colour frame or be an eclectic mix of lots of mirrors that you love. Alternatively, choose one big, bold statement mirror then build your scheme around it.
·       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.
·       Mirrors can be used anywhere in the house. Entryways, dining rooms and other areas that deprive of natural light are perfect for installing mirrors. When complemented with candles, art objects and original lighting, they allow creating a one-of-a-kind ambiance.
·       Besides hanging mirrors, mirror curtains, mirror strips and mirror mosaics are used to create dynamic effects in interior designing.
·       Mirrors are not just for inside the home. You can use mirrors to introduce more natural light in a North facing terrace, a basement level garden or a shady courtyard. For outdoors use a bevelled-edge version or one with moisture-resistant glass as rain and humidity will damage standard mirrors.
·       Make sure that whatever 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.

Interior and Landscape Designer

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