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  • 10 Tips for Working with Mirrors from Top Interior Designers

    Mirrors of all shapes, sizes and styles are loved by designers. They can add light, texture and a touch of glamour to pretty much any room in the house. In this blog post, some of our favourite interiors experts give their tips and recommendations for using mirrors to make the most out of your home and garden.

     

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    1. Create the illusion of space
     
    Jenny Gibbs, the well-respected principal of KLC School of Design, loves using mirrors to update a room. She says, “wall hung, or propped, mirrors are the ultimate way to add instant glamour to a room and create an illusion of space, while cabinet doors can be enhanced and customised with subtle mirror detailing”.
     
     

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    2. Do something unexpected
     
    Designer Benjamin Dhong suggests creating a whole wall of mirrors, perhaps using mirrored tiles. He says, “I think it’s geared to champagne and cocktails, flirting and seduction. You’re enveloped, floating inside the cloud with the silver lining.”
     
     
    Wall mirrors
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    3. Use mirrors instead of wall art
     
    Amy Bubier, a designer with a degree in Interior Architecture, argues that mirrors in different styles and sizes can be combined just as artworks can. “If you use them together on a wall, you want them to be grouped in a visually-pleasing way, similar to art pieces," she says. "Mirrors are like art in that the style should coincide with other pieces in your home. They are an integral part of the design style.”
     
     
    Hallway mirror
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    4. Hang a mirror at the end of a short hallway
     
    Mirrors can create incredible illusions of light and space. Donna White, an interior designer from New Zealand, recalls creating an impressive effect in a hallway: “I once placed a large, full-length mirror on the wall at the end of a short hallway in an old miner's cottage.  Instantly, this gave a person walking the short corridor a sense of increased length of space.”
     
     
     
    5. Use mirrors in rooms that lack natural light
     
    Although mirrors are often associated with bright, airy spaces, interior designer David Scott also recommends installing mirrors in spaces that are lacking in natural light. He says, “I love to use mirrors in a dining room and light candles which will reflect and create a warm, romantic glow.”
     
     
    Leaning mirror
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    6. Try leaning a mirror rather than hanging it
     
    Celia Berliner is an interior designer based in New York who is committed to improving people’s lives and homes through design. For a stylish and dramatic effect, she suggests leaning a large mirror against the wall, rather than hanging it: “Using a framed, full-size mirror placed on the floor and resting on the wall can become an incredible asset in many ways in a bedroom, living room and even at the end of a hallway.”
     
     
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    7. Think about scale
     
    When choosing a mirror, you should be careful when considering the size of the room, the amount of space on the wall and the scale of relevant objects and features, such as windows, artwork and other mirrors. Designer Amy Bubier argues that “the scale of the mirrors should be proportional to each other and to the wall space — avoid using small mirrors on a large wall.”
     
     
    Garden mirror
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    8. Place a mirror in the garden
     
    Sometimes you need to think outside the box, or outside the home. Consider creating a beautiful and liveable space in your garden by adding some new outdoor furniture and placing a mirror on a wall to create the illusion of a window to a secret garden. However, Donna White warns that you need to think carefully about the location of your mirror: “Where you place the mirror will dictate how successful the illusion is. Garden mirrors work best with lots of plants growing around them, and covering the edges.”
     
     
    Mirror
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    9. Make sure you’re reflecting something beautiful
     
    Celia Berliner frequently uses mirrors in her interiors, but she warns that you have to be careful when it comes to placement. “The location and placement of the mirror are key when utilizing them — you want to ensure that it will not create undesirable reflections and will allow it to maximize its innate qualities.”
     
     
    Mirror in Bathroom
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    10. There are no rules!
     
    Designer Andreea Avram Rusu claims that mirrors give you the creative power to do whatever you want in your home. "Mirrors bring light and depth into rooms — they're like decorative windows you can move around and place as you like," she says.
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