Whether you are staging a new home for sale, looking to entice renters, or just looking to refresh an uninspiring space, mirrors can be your secret weapon for transforming any room. When used correctly, mirrors can effortlessly make rooms appear larger, deeper and even brighter.

The Power of Size and Shape

The right mirror in the right place is a trick that professional designers use to make a space feel entirely different. The size and shape of the mirror affects what it will do for the room. Long vertical mirrors can make rooms appear taller and more spacious. Broad horizontal mirrors can make walls appear wider. If you have a small room, try adding an oversized mirror to open it up and make it feel less confining. The bigger the mirror, the more light it will bring into the room.

Use the Reflection

What is reflected in the mirror will make a difference in how the room appears. If you angle the mirror towards a focal point in the room, it will make the room appear deeper. If it reflects a doorway, the room will have the illusion of more than one door. The same type of illusion will be created if the mirror reflects a window. If the mirror reflects a lighting fixture or chandelier, the room will appear visibly brighter. You can also create a warm and inviting effect by placing a mirror near lit candles.

Greet Guests With a Mirror

A foyer or entryway is almost always an ideal place for a mirror. It will illuminate a dark entryway and make the space look more palatial. This technique will also result in a welcoming effect for guests when they come into the home. A mirror in the entryway can also offer added convenience, as you give yourself a final once-over on your way out the door.

Create a Mirror Collage

Use a collection of different sized mirrors, as well as mirrors with different but complementary frames, to create a spectacular display that will make any room appear full of life. Mix and match to create your very own unique piece of artwork, or mix them in with a collage of framed pictures to add movement and light to the arrangement. This will also give you a fun reason to scavenge for gems at your favorite thrift stores. However, you do want to be careful to avoid going overboard so that the arrangement doesn’t get too busy or kitschy. It is helpful to start with one larger mirror and then design around it.

Do More With Mirrors

Mirrors are especially handy if you have a room that lacks windows. The mirror can serve as a replacement for a window by reflecting light and providing a focal point. 

Mirrors can also be used to bring life into otherwise boring corridors, especially decorative mirrors and uniquely shaped mirrors. Another fun idea is to place a mirror on the shelf of a large bookcase to add contrast and appeal.

If the space is used for entertaining, such as a dining room, adding a mirror can make it appear as though there are more guests in attendance, making any occasion more festive. You can also hang a mirror over a buffet, and the food will appear more abundant and appetizing.

Every homebuilder and realtor knows that the interior design of kitchens and bathrooms is a key factor in selling homes. One place that most people do not think about placing a mirror is in the kitchen. It can brighten up the kitchen and provide depth. Not to mention, mirrors are pretty easy to clean up. Adding a mirror in the bathroom will make it appear larger and brighter. Sure, most people have a mirror over the bathroom sink. But feel free to get a little more creative. For example, if you have a freestanding bathtub, placing a mirror behind it is a fabulous way to enhance the space.

Use Mirrors Outdoors

Another area where people often do not think to use mirrors is outdoors. Mirrors can make fenced-in yards appear more spacious. They can also make pathways look longer or give the illusion of a door. Mirrors can work wonders when placed in gardens, making plants look more plentiful. Because they reflect light, the garden will look brighter and the plants will benefit from the boost in light. If you have a pond or water feature in your yard, a mirror can create a dazzling effect when placed near it. Keep in mind that if you choose to use a mirror outdoors, you will want to take proper measures to weatherproof it.

What NOT to Do With Mirrors

While mirrors are an amazing design tool, there are some things that you should avoid doing with them. For example, never hang a mirror on a ceiling. Steer clear of using too many mirrors, especially in a bedroom. Be sure not to just slap a mirror up in any random spot without considering its purpose there. And avoid using so many mirrors in entertaining spaces that guests feel paranoid.

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