Wednesday, December 11, 2013

10 Ways to Make Your Home Appear Larger with Modern Mirrors

Most of us might have a fairly good idea on where to hang modern mirrors in our homes, but they are usually actually more versatile than we initially might think. They can prove to be one of the best tools in a small space owner’s back pocket. Indeed, you can never have too many of them.

Group them together. Large mirrors can be quite pricey, and most of us do not have the budget for such things. Smaller mirrors like the Oval Mirror by Howard Elliott come with a smaller price tag. Paint their frames the same color and group them in the same place on the wall.

Behind the stove. They might get dirty or greasy eventually, but you could  easily clean them. Behind your stove top is a dark area in your kitchen, and a mirror should bounce light around, making it easier to see the meal that you are preparing.
Turn them on their side. This trick will work especially when using longer skinny mirrors like the Claire Mirror by Cooper Classics. Try turning the mirror on its side. This works best on long skinny mirrors, and will make any wall look longer instantly.

Cabinet fronts. You can use this trick in other places of the home, but the kitchen is the ideal location for this DIY project. Glue mirrored tiles on your cabinet fronts to reflect the space  around you. Be free to just do the tops or just the bottoms.
Next to your dining table. Like you see in many restaurants around the world, this allows for softer lighting to be used, while still keeping the area bright and well lit. Think of this as mood lighting that still allows you to see your dinner plate.
Floor length. Floor length mirrors like the White Croc Leaning Floor Mirror by Powell are great ways to make any space feel taller. Their long shape draws the eye up and carries it around the room. This should make the space feel brighter and lighter.

Layer them. Use several mirrors and make an entire wall mirrored and then adding smaller and defined mirrors on top. Aside from creating a bigger and more open space, you will also give depth to the space without weighing things down.
Fake a window. If you want a space packed with windows, you know this is not really a reality for many. Instead, try using small square mirrors that are tiled out to look like a window to give the illusion of what you wish was there, instead of what really is.
Beautiful backsplashes. The backsplash is the perfect place for a little reflection in your kitchen. It will make any under counter lighting extra bright, allowing you to go without such things and use natural light throughout your room.

Fake mirrored furniture. Just like covering your cabinets above, you can fake expensive designer pieces and use a glass cutter and mirrored tile found at your hardware store. It might be a more labor intensive option, but the results are quite amazing.

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