Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: How Reflective Surfaces Can Benefit Your Interior Design

It’s extremely rare that you’ll enter a home that is devoid of mirrors. Everyone tends to have at least one within their property. This is because they have a practical use: it’s always beneficial to be able to take a quick look at yourself before leaving the house and getting on with your day to day tasks. Whether it’s to ensure that you look smart, neat, and tidy, or to apply makeup, do your hair, or make small tweaks to your personal appearance. But there are also other uses for mirrors, making them one of the favourite tools employed by interior designers. Here are a few different ways that these reflective surfaces can be used to your advantage when it comes to your home design.




Practical Uses


Let’s start with the practical uses. We use mirrors to check our physical appearance. So it’s always a good idea to choose the locations of certain mirrors wisely. A mirror in the bathroom is always a good idea. This allows you to check your teeth and gums while you are brushing and flossing, brush your hair out and undertake tasks like shaving or other forms of hair removal effectively. You will probably also use one in your bedroom at a dressing table of some sort. This is ideal for those who apply makeup or other cosmetic products, or those who use hairdryers, straighteners, curlers, or other heated devices when styling their hair. If you do not have a desk or dressing table to place a stand-alone mirror on, consider having made to measure mirrors hung on your walls instead.


Space Enhancing Uses


Besides their practical benefits, mirrors can also make spaces appear much larger. By angling a mirror towards the focal point of any given room, you will give the illusion of more depth in the space. They also reflect light (both natural and artificial), meaning that they bounce light around the living space throughout the day and night, which also creates the illusion of a larger space. Pair these clever mirror tricks with light colours for maximum effect.


Creative Uses


It’s a good idea to bear in mind that mirrors can be statement pieces in and of themselves. There are various designs out there that draw the eye, making the mirror a centrepiece of any room. This works particularly well if the mirror is central, or located directly opposite the door that gives you access to the space. Also, bear in mind that the arrangement of mirrors can be creative. Think of mirrors as an installation! You can mosaic smaller mirrors, or opt for unique and quirky shapes or bold, decadent frames.


Mirrors truly do hold a lot more potential than you probably previously gave them credit for. They don’t merely have to serve a practical purpose and need not be limited to a small square attached to the bathroom cabinet. It’s time to get a little creative with your interior design and allow these reflective surfaces to shine as part of your overall decor.


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