How to use mirrors to create space at home

How to use mirrors to create space at home

Mirrors are often seen as a purely practical element of the home. Many people tend to hang just one, and rarely think beyond the bathroom. However, if you’re willing to get creative, mirrors can help your home look its best by exaggerating or highlighting key interior design features.

Many interior designers use mirrors both as a feature point within a room, and for a range of functional benefits in different settings. Mirrors can be used to create the illusion of more space in a room, make hallways seem longer or wider, maximise natural light throughout the home, enhance views, give prominence to other design features, and more.

Let’s take a look at how different mirror positioning can impact upon your space in each of the different areas around a house.

In general living spaces:

Cover one wall with multiple unframed flat edge mirrors and hang them grouped together. This is often referred to as ‘salon styling’. A group of salon styled mirrors can be effective in multiplying the decorative value of other design features around the home, like flowers in a lounge room, or artwork on a nearby wall.

Similarly, place a bright feature lamp in front of your mirror to double the aesthetic impact of the piece and further reflect the light throughout the room.

Hanging mirrors near feature design elements can help maximise impact, by effectively doubling their presence in a room.

While you can highlight key features, you can also use mirrors to cover unwanted or impractical design features, or conceal damaged or patchy wall surfaces around the home.

There’s a dual benefit — not only do you cover an undesirable feature or surface, but you can use the mirror to maximise aspects of a room that you’re fond of.

Hanging decorative mirrors against dark paint colours can increase the visual depth of the room.

Additionally, try turning your mirrors on their side and hang them landscape to make a wall feel more expansive.

Landscape styled mirrors can make a small area feel more spacious.

In areas of transition:

To make a hallway or stairway appear wider than it is, hang mirrors in a staggered sequence on both sides of the walls.

To make the same space appear longer, hang mirrors at the ends of the hallway.

Use a large, full length mirror in entrance ways. This can instantly give the feeling of increased space as someone walks into an area and provides a focal point to help centre the room.

In the kitchen or bathroom:

In the same way that the ‘salon styling’ technique can multiply the decorative impact of design features in the lounge room or living area, doubling up on multiple mirrors in the bathroom can have a similarly beneficial effect.

Clustered mirrors can increase the feeling of space in bathrooms or kitchens: areas which are often relatively tight on space. They can also maximise the amount of natural light these spaces receive through reflection, to create a more natural atmosphere.

Doubling your mirrors can help you double-down on natural light, especially in areas that struggle for organic lighting.

Mirrored splashbacks can also achieve a similar effect, while offering the additional benefits of durability and easy cleaning.

Key takeaways: on reflection.

With a creative approach and the right techniques, mirrors offer an inexpensive way to revitalise your home.

The key takeaway is to experiment — try some of these tips and consider how you might change or improve upon them to suit your specific needs.

While the may not all work in every home, you’re sure to find a new way of looking at things when you sit and really reflect on how to best showcase your particular space.