Reflections – let’s talk mirrors….
Reflections – let’s talk mirrors…..
By Leona Connelly
The transformative power of mirrors on a space is something wonderful. It’s an instant way to add drama and bounce light around a room and is something that most designers will always incorporate into a scheme where possible. I thought I’d talk you through some clever ways of using mirrors that you may not have thought of and of course show you some beautiful images of how we use mirrors in more traditional ways too.
I have used mirrored tiles really successfully in schemes and love the glamour it brings to a practical space like a kitchen. It is really effective having something unexpected in a space and let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a touch of glamour in their life?
Most of us will be used to using mirrors as a focal point above a fire place, and why not as its tried and tested. However a stylish look can be achieved by mirroring the alcoves at either side of the fire place, this way the fire is still the focal point but some added interest has been achieved too. The symmetry it brings to a room creates a really sophisticated look and works really well in narrow rooms as it helps to open out the space.
Another interesting way to use mirrors in your schemes is to clad the back of bookshelves or drinks cabinets. I am a huge fan of creating mirrored style cocktail shelving in an existing alcove as it adds a real sense of old school Hollywood glamour, and of course it’s always useful to have those Gin and Tonics close to hand. Not got heaps of space to play with? Then a similar look can be achieved by simply mirroring the back of a small dresser or cabinet.
Now the most obvious place to hang a mirror is of course the bathroom and the days of being limited to a traditional bathroom cabinet are long gone! We love to mirror the whole wall above a vanity to really maximise the light and space or for a really sophisticated look, pairs of mirrors always work. Alternatively a statement mirror can be employed to create a real impact but one that is practical too.
I hope I have given you food for thought about some new ways to use mirrors in your home as they really are a super quick way of transforming an existing space, what’s not to love……Oh cleaning them of course!