Reasons Why Designers Love Mirrors

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    Mirrors Reflect...You

    Mirror in Entryway. Ballard Designs

    The obvious reason for a mirror is to check your own reflection, of course.  But while you most certainly have mirrors in each of your bathrooms, you may not have thought to put a mirror in an entryway, mudroom or hallway for last-minute checks of your appearance before heading out the door.  You'll be surprised how much you use and appreciate a mirror when placed, as this one is, near a shelf or console where you can stash other items you may need to freshen up.  This stylish idea has a convenience factor that's hard to beat, and luckily it's easy to find mirrors that are beautiful enough for even the grandest of entries.  

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  • 02 of 05

    Mirrors Reflect Light

    Mirror in Dining Room. Ballard Designs

    Placing mirrors on walls that reflect other walls, or even worse, just the ceiling don't do much for your space.  Instead, opt for art on these walls and place your mirror where it can catch the light from a window instead. Dark rooms would especially benefit from a mirror that helps bounce natural light around the room. For extra sparkle at night, consider placing candles or lamps in front of a mirror that hangs above a console table or buffet.  

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  • 03 of 05

    Mirrors Reflect Space

    Large Window Mirror. Ballard Designs

    Just as mirrors can give the illusion of more light, they can also make a room feel larger than it really is.  When hung low, as this one is, or when propped against a wall, large mirrors, in particular, give the illusion of more space as they can reflect a larger area, even extending into adjacent rooms. Although it is true that larger mirrors come with heftier price tags, they also take up lots of wall space, which can be a benefit if your room is art-challenged. The sense of depth they lend to small spaces may be worth the higher price. Home Made Modern has a great trick for turning lots of smaller, inexpensive mirrors into a larger installation.  

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  • 04 of 05

    Mirrors Reflect Your Style

    Accent Mirrors. Home Made Modern

    As outlined, mirrors can serve a lot of important purposes beyond just looking pretty and helping make sure you look good, too.  They are also useful accessories to choose for small or dark spaces because they give the illusion of more space and light.

    On the other hand, the variety of mirror styles, colors and shapes available these days make it fun to choose one for no other purpose than it would make a great accent for your room.  A driftwood mirror is perfect for a coastal space, while no mid-century modern home would be complete without a starburst mirror. Mirrors can have rustic wood finishes, mosaic tile borders, lacquered baroque frames, gilded leaves, leather with nailhead trim, and even fur or cowhide frames.

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    DIY Mirror Ideas

    DIY Mirrors
    DIY Mirrors. Home Made Modern

    If you're the DIY type, check out these clever ways to make mirrors that are spot-on lookalikes to more expensive ones you can buy from upscale retailers.