Mirrors are one of those accessories that tend to be either overused or underused. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and finishes, and as such serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space. Mirrors can be purposeful in design, and if used thoughtfully, can add considerable value to a space both aesthetically and functionally.
When looking for ways to use mirrors in your space, here are some top Design Recipes tips.
1. Experiment with size and scale. When it comes to good design there are no rules. Use pieces that you love. Consider using both small and large mirrors throughout your home depending on a particular room, choosing a mirror that is the appropriate size and scale.
2. Use mirrors in a series. Mirrors can serve a number of functional purposes that can really help enhance a space. For example, mirrors can serve as windows along a wall that doesn't have any, or they can help brighten a space that may not receive much natural light. Placing mirrors in a series also helps elongate a space.
3. Go glamourous and ornate. When it comes to decor, a current trend is to blend modern and vintage. Using an ornate mirror is the perfect way to help glam up a space.
4. Mix patterns and shapes. Some of the most successful groupings involve mixing mirrors of different shapes and sizes to help create interest. Try using unexpected shapes such as circles, squares or ovals.
5. Consider using mirrors instead of artwork. So often, artwork can be overused in a space. Mirrors can serve as a lighter alternative.
6. Place mirrors in a location for maximum impact. Whether it is to highlight a gorgeous view, showcase artwork or reflect the color of an accent wall, the location and placement of your mirrors should be thoughtful and purposeful.
7. Experiment with finishes and color. Whether it's a bold color or unique metallic finish, one way to incorporate interest using mirrors is to utilize design principals relating to color, pattern and texture.
8. Be crafty. Can't find a mirror you love at the store? Why not make one? Whether it is an old glass door, window pane or interesting frame, making your own mirror is not only easy but a way to incorporate a personal touch.
9. Create visual interest. Mirrors can be hung both vertically and horizontally. Mirrors that are hung in a vertical orientation can help make a space feel taller and are good for spaces that may have lower ceilings, while mirrors hung in a horizontal orientation can help a space feel wider.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at email@example.com