Mirror, mirror on the wall: choosing the right mirror for your space

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‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall’, goes the famous fairy-tale line.

But mirrors are no longer restricted to being wall-hung, as there are increasingly creative ways to introduce reflective surfaces into your home’s interior.

Here, we *reflect* on how to choose the right mirror for your space. 

Place with purpose

Everyone knows a mirror can make rooms appear bigger and brighter, but you can’t be slap-dash about the placement. Hang a mirror opposite an artfully-arranged collection of photo frames, and suddenly, you’ve ruined the effect of your curated artworks by making the room appear cluttered. Hang one opposite a window, however, and you give the illusion of a dual-aspect room.

Of course, a wall mirror over the mantel is the most traditional of placements. Whether a contemporary, rectangular mirror, or a more opulent find, a mirror can create a real focal point in a room. But you don’t always have to play it safe – an oversized mirror leaned up against a wall can make a bold, impactful statement. 

Move mountains (of light)

Got a gloomy corner that would be just perfect for a house plant if only it got more natural light? While everyone might be aware of a mirror’s ability to create the illusion of light and space, a lesser-known use for mirrors is helping to nurture your houseplants.

A reflective surface can’t and won’t introduce more light, but can help you to effectively ‘move’ it, casting it where it might not have naturally lit the room otherwise. It can be tricky manoeuvring the mirror so that it looks naturally-placed while fulfilling its light casting purpose, but can be worth the planning and logistics if it helps you make the most of an otherwise unusable space.  

Furniture

The right mirror for your space doesn’t have to be an actual mirror at all, but could be mirrored furniture, such as a console table or a bedside table. It may not be convenient for doing your make up or styling your hair, but can have the same impact as a wall-mounted mirror when it comes to making your room feel bigger and airier.

Amp up the atmosphere

By placing a mirror behind a light source, whether that’s a small mirror behind a candle in the dining room, or an oversized mirror behind a floor standing lamp, reflecting the warm glow of lights can really add to the ambiance of a room. This is particularly good in rooms where you want to create a mellow environment in which to wind down, such as the lounge.

Practical makes perfect

You might have a nice big mirror on the wall in your bedroom to maximise the appearance of space, but don’t forget a handy vanity for make-up and fine-tuning your appearance! They can come in useful in the bedroom on a dressing table, or in a bathroom for those more detail-oriented ablutions, such as plucking your eyebrows.

Having a small wall-hung mirror by the front door ensures you always have time for a last-minute spot-check and will go out looking your best, while a full-length mirror wherever you get dressed – bedroom, bathroom, or for those lucky few who have one, a dressing room – allows you to see your outfit in all its glory.

Outside of the ordinary

It may be a little *outside* of the ordinary, but mirrors in the garden can add some real intrigue to a built-up bedding display, much in the same way a glimpse of a bird bath or small statuette can. Alternatively, the crisp, reflective surface can look great against brick or wood backdrops often found on patio or decking areas. A small, dark yard can benefit from the illusions of light just as much as the smaller rooms of your house.

Whichever type of mirror you decide will work best in your space, always be sure to get a helping hand to hold it up in place so that you can assess how it will look before committing to hammer and nail.