Using Mirrors in Home Decor: Exploit Your Creative Abilities

Using mirrors in home dΘcor is a very popular way of introducing unique decorative accents to your home, and also a way of making small rooms look larger. Mirrors are ideal for apartments or small condos, and our range of Theodore Alexander and Carvers Guild mirrors are the perfect choice.

Here are some ideas that anybody can try out on making the best use of mirrors in your home:

Enlarging Small Rooms

An illusion of space can be achieved by creative use of mirrors in smaller rooms.  For example, mirrors aligned to reflect a garden outside a window or patio door is an excellent way of expanding a room, as is arranging two mirrors to reflect each other.

A large free standing mirror, or even a floor to ceiling mirror flanked by curtains, can give an expansive look to a bedroom.  It literally gives the illusion of a second bedroom attached to the first. The large mirrors will reflect the floor and ceiling of the original, and also the bed or any other area of your room you prefer. This is a trick used by many professional interior designers with a need to expand a small room.

Using Mirrors in Home Decor as Focal Points

In this era of central heating, many homes no longer have a fireplace as a focal point.  Instead they may use a TV or entertainment unit or even a home bar. For something different, you can use a boldly designed mirror as a focal point, such as 45 inch wide x 87.5 inch high free-standing Regency Armoury mirror by Theodore Alexander. This imposing mirror is not only a magnificent focal point but also a fabulous conversation piece.

Where a fireplace is used as the focal point in a sitting room or lounge, it can be emphasized by placing a mirror on the wall above it. This also offers the illusion of space, particularly if you have a window directly opposite whereby its reflection can offer depth and also lighten up the room. Both Theodore Alexander and the Carvers Guild offer a range of beautiful mirrors suitable for this type of use.

Brighten up an Entryway and Hall

Entrances and halls can be fairly dark and dull due to a lack of natural lighting. However, a bit of imagination, using mirrors and creative lighting techniques such as candles and lamps, can work wonders! Not only will a mirror placed in your entry brighten it by reflecting light when the door is opened, but enables guests to check themselves out before entering your home - and you can check yourself before leaving!

Hallways are opened out with a series of mirrors placed on the walls; the longer the hallway, the more mirrors you will need. They need not be particularly large, and by placing them on opposing walls so they reflect each other, or reflect strategically placed lamps, then your hall will brightened up significantly. There is little less welcoming than a drab and dull poorly lit hallway - a very poor welcome to your home! A mirror placed at the end of a hallway reflecting light when the door is opened, also offers a welcoming appearance to your home.

Mirrors can be used to reflect natural light, or artificial light from strategically placed lamps and candles, to brighten up any room in your home - even the kitchen where a mirror over a sink makes the area much more attractive. You can select the frames to suit the decorative style of each room and also its color scheme.

Exploit Your Creative Abilities

One of the advantages of using mirrors in home dΘcor is that there is such a huge selection of styles, sizes and colors readily available. They are generally portable, so you can switch them around your various rooms whenever you feel like a change in dΘcor. You can use them to reflect each other, reflect your garden or even the outside light, or even to cast the light from lamps and candles in a different direction.

Mirrors offer you the chance to exploit your own artistic creative abilities at a relatively low cost - and using items that are not permanent but can be moved around your home as you prefer. It's amazing what can be achieved with simple lamps, candles and mirrors: you can reflect your personality on your home and change them around when the mood suits.

Patterson Furniture offers a range of Carvers Guild and Theodore Alexander mirrors in a wide range of sizes and styles, and if you are using mirrors in home dΘcor you are sure to find something to suit you.  Simply pop into one of our two Atlanta showrooms in Lilburn and Roswell and check them out for yourself.  

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