USE A MIRROR TO REFLECT LIGHT
Dark rooms often give a sense of less space and crowding in. Such rooms can benefit from good positioning of a mirror or series of mirrors. There are several ways to do this:
- Place a mirror on the wall that is opposite to the window. This will reflect incoming light and help to brighten the room.
- Use a large, full-length mirror in entrance ways. Instantly this gives a person entering a sense of increased space. This works most effectively when the mirror is placed on a wall or walls that the eye looks at first.
- Place mirrors on each side of the window reveal. This is the space between the inside wall and the window itself. The pieces of mirror placed this way should be professionally cut to fit.
If you have a small space, such as a bedroom or dining room, that feels really squashed, a mirror wall can open it up and create a sense of flow and increased area. A bed or dining/other table placed right next to a mirrored wall instantly appears a lot larger and will feel that the space is, in fact, doubled. Mirrored placemats on a dining table can add additional reflective effect but be careful not to overdo it.
PLACE MIRRORS ALONGSIDE FIREPLACES
This will help to give more sense in a part of the room that often can feel cramped and dark. A mirrored screen next to a fireplace can reflect the glow and flames when it works, helping to create a cheerful glow and spaciousness at nighttime.
LINE A CEILING WITH WINDOWS
Dark entrance ways, back porch areas and bathroom spaces can be instantly revived by making the entire ceiling mirrored. When the light is turned on, the mirror helps to spread the light further and brighten the otherwise dull room. This is especially useful for windowless toilet rooms and pantries, as it gives the illusion of a skylight.
PLACE BRIGHT LIGHT IN FRONT OF A MIRROR
In a room lacking a window, this little trick will help to create the illusion of light from a window space. Add a shelf under a mirror hung about eye level on the wall. Place a lamp (electric or fuel-burning) in front of this mirror. Turn the lamp on whenever the room is used and the light will be diffused through the room by the mirror.
MIRROR A LONG WALL IN A SKINNY SPACE
It will double the visual width of the room. This is a great trick for halls, entryways, narrow dining rooms, excercise rooms and master bedrooms
USE MIRROR AS A TRAY