Homeowners spend an average of $60,400 on home renovations. If you'd like to keep this figure down, why not buy a mirror to spruce up your home while you save enough for such an expensive remodel? Of course, a mirror doesn't fix all, but it can certainly give a new light to a room and instantly open up space. Decorating with mirrors is a hot trend right now too. But, you'll want to do it right. Here are some of the top dos and don'ts to understand before starting.
By following these design rules, you'll ensure your mirrors are in the perfect place and don't ruin the flow of your space...
1. Place a Mirror Opposite a Window
If you have a small space, one of the best ways you can open it up and make it brighter is to add a mirror.
However, the placement of the mirror is important. By placing it opposite a window, you'll instantly brighten up space and bring more light into the room.
It will also trick the eye into believing your room has two large windows in it and optimize your lighting.
If your room is small, choose a mirror which is simple and not too fussy to ensure the space looks big and doesn't detract from the reflection.
2. Mix Mirrors and Artwork
When decorating with mirrors, why not go for something which is the focal point of the room?
By doing this, you can save money as you don't need to buy both beautiful oil paintings and mirrors but can blend the two.
Choose either an extra-large mirror or one with an interesting frame to get the benefits of both gorgeous aesthetics and optimized light.
Better yet, by doing this, you can keep your room minimal and chic. This is a look which is very "in" right now.
3. Group Your Mirrors
Although this can quickly turn into a mirror "don't" if you don't get the grouping right, it is still a look certainly worth attempting.
Grouping your mirrors is visually appealing brings in more light and is a little different.
But always make sure the mirrors are grouped on the small wall and don't overbear a space.
4. Mirrors in the Entryway are a MUST
The entryway is arguably one of the most important spaces in your home for a mirror. It is essential for giving you somewhere you can quickly check your appearance before you leave the house.
It also opens up this usually very small space too as an entryway often lacks natural light. Bring in more creative lighting, such as lamps and candles, if this is the case to reflect in the mirror. Decorating with mirrors will also help to make small entryways feel more expansive and welcoming.
Ignore these mirror design rules at your peril. Feng Shui is the guiding principle on where a mirror should be placed and helps you avoid negatively impacting the energy of a space:
1. Avoid Placing a Mirror Opposite a Front Door
Although a mirror in an entryway is a great place for this space, you should avoid placing it directly across from the front door.
This is bad Feng Shui and, even if you don't believe in this, it is alarming for visitors to see when they first walk into your home.
Also, avoid placing your mirror at the end of the hallway as this can ruin the flow of energy of the space too.
2. Keep Mirrors Out of the Kitchen
The symbolism of a mirror is of water, which is opposite to that of the stove, symbolizing fire.
Although a mirrored backsplash can look very cool, it's considered bad practice to hang a mirror in the kitchen. This is because it results in negative energy, especially when facing a stove.
You may also find that if your kitchen overheats, cheap glass can crack. So, if you do decide to ignore this Feng Shui principle, choose a mirror specially designed for the kitchen.
3. Never Place a Mirror Opposite Your Desk
Not only will a mirror opposite your workspace completely distract you, but it is also considered bad Feng Shui. When you're feeling super stressed, you won't enjoy being able to stare at the faces you're making!
Furthermore, a mirror doubles whateaver it is projecting - you don't need even more negative, anxious or stressed energy surrounding you!
4. Don't Place a Mirror Behind a Couch or Bed
If you do decide to do this, it's imperative that you ensure your mirror is safely attached.
The reasons for not placing a mirror behind a bed or couch is that it takes away from the safe feeling of being up against a wall. If you're having trouble sleeping and have a mirror in this position, then you may want to remove it to see if it affects you...
In fact, it's recommended that you don't have any mirrors in your bedroom at all, especially if you're a light sleeper.
5. No-One Wants to Look at Themselves while on the Toilet
Avoid having a large mirror in your bathroom. Although a mirror is useful for doing makeup, shaving or cleaning your teeth, having a mirror which is too large will reflect the toilet.
This is a design no-no. While occasionally being able to see yourself on the toilet is a weird novelty, no one wants to see themselves every time they go.
We advise that you avoid hanging the bathroom mirror across from the door too in order to improve the energy of the space.
Decorating with Mirrors is Easy When You Know How
If you've ever hung a mirror and decided the space looks a little weird but can't figure out why then the ancient art of Feng Shui can help.
Even if you don't believe in "energies", this art will ensure the flow of the room is improved.
With all of these tips for decorating with mirrors under your belt, it's time to go out and buy a new mirror. Check out the special sale at Mirror City to find the perfect mirror for your home.