When we talk about home interior design, we tend to focus on things such as point colors, flooring, lighting, window treatments, area rugs and furniture. Eventually we get to plants, photos, accessories, etc.
Where are the mirrors?
We’re not suggesting that mirrors are not often incorporated into home interior design — they are — but they certainly seem to be pretty far down the list when it comes to planning. This is baffling because mirrors are not only extremely functional, but are exceptional design elements that can be incorporated in a variety of ways.
Mirrors are available in a variety of sizes, styles and colors, and they can obviously be custom crafted to pair with any design aesthetic, theme or flow.
In addition to enhancing the look of home interior design, mirrors can also make a room seem and feel larger, assuming you select the correct mirror for the space and place it in the proper position.
How do you determine the “proper position” in your home interior design?
That’s yet another beautiful aspect about mirrors. They can be added to nearly any space and in countless configurations. Depending on the space available in a room and the style of both the mirror and room, they can be more than an accessory or design element, they can serve as a focal point.
Let’s take a look at some of the many ways in which you can effectively introduce mirrors into your interior design plans — from the more common to some of the more creative and unique. This list not only helps with ideas for positioning, but also explains how they can be used to improve overall quality of life.
Yes, mirrors really can do that!
Adding a mirror to the entrance or foyer of your home is a popular tactic for many reasons. For starters, there is something very inviting about having a mirror in the entry. It also allows the space to feel larger, which is beneficial since many homes tend to have a relatively tight — oftentimes long and narrow — area by the front door.
However, there are rules. Well, one rule, anyway. If you place a mirror in your entry way or foyer, do not have it facing the front door. There are many reasons for this, but we don’t need to get into the details. If you want more clarity or a better explanation, feel free to call Interiors by Brown and one of our designers will gladly elaborate.
But, for now, it’s simple. A mirror near the front entrance of your home is a great idea for home interior design. However, a mirror facing the front door is a bad idea.
For best effect, place a table or small piece of furniture in front of the mirror.
One of the more popular spots for a mirror within a home is the dining room. Since a dining room tends to be an area where people gather, you want it to appear and feel as large as possible. Even the perception of spaciousness provides comfort and joy for those within the space. A mirror provides that sense of space and enables the room to feel larger.
Ideally, your dining area will also emit a sense of sophistication. Mirrors are able to do this as well. The mirror’s design can also elevate the sophistication and luxury of a room, which makes it a tremendous addition to a dining room.
Every bedroom should have a mirror, no matter how large or small it is. Ideally, your bedroom would feature a full-length mirror. This works from an aesthetic aspect but also from a functionality standpoint. Most people get dressed in the bedroom, so being able to see your outfit from head to toe is extremely helpful.
If a bedroom is too small and you don’t believe there is room for a full-length mirror, you can certainly affix one to the back of the door. Although, if a room is small, it would be smart to do everything possible to find a spot for it because, again, mirror’s have the ability to make a room look and feel larger.
No matter where you hang the mirror, make sure you have enough room to stand back and see yourself.
There is one rule to bedroom mirrors that should be considered. The art of feng shui dictates that a mirror facing the bed has an adverse effect on an individual’s sleep. So, depending on how deeply you believe in the art — or, perhaps, how superstitious you are or how much you value your sleep — this is something to keep in mind.
Over a wall table
If you have a table that rests against a wall, mounting a mirror above it is a simple way to add beauty to a space. The best way to achieve this is to place candles on the table and allow the glow to reflect in the glass and set the mood, while also providing a dynamic aesthetic.
If you do decide to place a mirror in such a setting, be sure its orientation is consistent with that of the table. In other words, if the table is long or wide, place a horizontal mirror above it. If a table is small, round or oval in shape, your best bet is to hang a more square or vertically-designed mirror above it.
If you have a desk in your home and spend a good amount of time sitting at it, putting a mirror above the desk serves many purposes.
First, as we’ve already stated, it makes the space feel larger. This is important because home offices tend to not be overly spacious, so finding ways to bring comfort — whether it be real or perceived — is key. It is far more challenging to concentrate and work in a tight environment.
You will be surprised at how much better you feel and how improved your productivity will be with a mirror above your desk or strategically situated in your office.
A mirror also allows you to see what or who is behind you without constantly turning your head. This is distracting and negatively affects your focus and productivity. Home interior design including mirrors is a way to tie everything together in your home.