From its ability to accentuate light around a room to its status as an ornate statement piece, the power of a mirror needs no introduction. For centuries, this decor piece has had an enduring impact on a space – and their allure will continue through the seasons.
When decorating with mirrors, you can increase light levels and maximize the sense of space in your home instantly. So, it's unsurprising that mirror staging continues to sit at the top of every designer's to-do list. However, they're not the only experts who are turning to mirrors to improve a space.
Realtors also suggest that mirror staging is one of the best ways to add value to your home, so if you're looking to sell your property, the solution could be in how you use this furnishing.
5 ways to stage your home with mirrors – according to experts
Whether you're looking to elevate your hallway mirror ideas or you're thinking of taking this statement into the garden – these staging tips will transform your space, fast.
1. Combine function and beauty in your statement piece
When staging your mirror, it is natural to begin with a piece that demands attention in your room. Antique expert, and Founder of Renaissance London (opens in new tab), Owen Pacey suggests choosing an ornate mirror to combine function with beauty – because the best space-enhancing are good-looking.
'Statement mirrors come in all shapes and sizes. From Italian gilt mirrors of golden acanthus leaves to 1970s Murano glass in the glossiest pinks, emeralds, and sapphires, vintage mirrors are true conversation starters,' he says. 'They also serve the purpose of reflecting large portions of the room back at you, increasing space perception for a more generous feel.'
2. Consider it's reflection
While the look of a mirror is important, its reflection is equally impactful in staging a home. Martin Waller, the founder of Andrew Martin (opens in new tab), suggests hanging your mirror in a place that frames an adjoining room – to create a flow between your spaces.
'In terms of placement, think about what you want to reflect,' he says. 'You can hang the mirror opposite a window to bring the outside in or place it by the door as a keyhole for what the next room has in store.'
And considering its reflection goes beyond its aesthetic appeal. If you're wondering why you should hang mirrors over your fireplace then the reason may be found in Feng Shui teaching. Experts recommend reflecting your garden (where possible) or plants in your mirror to fulfill the 'Creative Cycle' and fill your space with good energy. Because a positive space is always more likely to sell faster.
3. Elevate your entryway
When it comes to adding a sense of space to your entryway, mirrors are a natural choice. This space is the first space people see in your home, so it is important to stage them well – to make the room appear spacious – and invite guests indoors.
The CMO at String Furniture (opens in new tab), Bo Hellberg recommends keeping the area around your mirror clutter-free – and encourages you to invest only in functional items in this small space.
'Keep it simple and don’t clutter,' he says. 'Start from everyday functions and think about how to make those functions elegant. Like a simple mirror or pendant light. Or stylish hooks to hang anything that looks good.'
4. Continue staging your exteriors
Mirror staging is impactful in your interiors, but there is no reason why you can't introduce its power into your garden ideas (opens in new tab) too. Anne Haimes, the design director and founder of Anne Haimes Interiors (opens in new tab)suggests 'strategically [hanging] a mirror' on a single wall or fence to 'reflect the best of your garden' and make the space feel consequently larger.
One outdoor mirror will elevate your small space garden ideas seamlessly, whilst creating a talking point for all who pass through your exteriors.
5. Avoid opting for too many mirrors
Designers are known for their ability to curate mirrors in their decorating ideas, but what should you do if you're looking to sell your home? Carolyn Gagnon (opens in new tab), a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Compass urges you to limit the number you have around your property – and strategically place the ones you have to showcase your home's best assets.
'Mirrors are more than just a beautiful piece of art, they're also extremely useful and practical, especially when it relates to staging and selling a property,' she says.
'When positioning a mirror, think of where it can add more emphasis to a room, such as the reflection of a beautiful fireplace, and where it can bring the illusion of more space. With all of this in mind, it is best to avoid reflecting a window with a bad view – and of course don't go overboard with a house of mirrors.'
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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