Mirrors are the ultimate design trick to add wow factor and additional space in any room of the home.
By reflecting natural light back into the room, a mirror is a wonderful way to create the illusion of extra space and help make your room feel both bigger and brighter. Although introducing a mirror or two is ideal for opening up smaller spaces, an oversized mirror is also a must-have addition for larger rooms looking to achieve statement style and grandeur with ease. As a result, mirrors are a superpower style secret that should be celebrated throughout the home, from the walls of your kitchen to luxe lounge spaces, the hallway and even your garden outside.
MIRROR IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME AND GARDEN
Take a look at these clever mirror ideas from the experts at Rockett St George.
1. INVEST IN THE BEST
‘We always recommend going for the largest mirror you can afford to make the most of every ray of light from your mirror’s reflection. Traditionally mirrors are often hung from the walls or placed on a mantlepiece to reflect your ceiling and opposite walls. So, make sure you con- sider what will be shown in the reflection and opt for a showstopping chandelier or fabulous gallery wall of artwork to extend the wow factor. The clever trick of the reflection means you’ll now have two of these features, so the bolder and more beautiful, the better,’ says Lucy St George.
2. ENHANCE NATURAL LIGHT
By reflecting all the beautiful design details around you, mirrors work perfectly with lighting to set the tone in your scheme. From the subtle ambiance of side lights to the shadows that bounce off the walls, a showstopping mirror enhances natural light and projects glowing reflections all around the room. With so many styles and sizes available, there are myriad of options for introducing the magic of mirrors to your home.
3. TRICK THE EYE
In any setting where natural light is limited, tall window-frame designs trick the eye and create the idea of a fabulous extra window that will instantly transform dark spaces.
For a more unusual approach to decorating with mirrors, we love convex designs that distort the reflection and vintage-inspired foxed nishes that add unique personality and character to the surrounding space. As further proof of practicality, mirrors with built-in shelves or storage are the ultimate multi-tasker to help keep your home organised in style. Not just a solution for the walls of your home, mirrors can be just as effective when styled on sideboards, shelves or desk spaces and add wonder to both the inside and out.
Looking for more mirror ideas? See Decorate with mirrors for added drama and style
4. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
‘Mirrors are one of a few brilliant design tricks that we can steal from our interiors and introduce into the garden,’ says Jane Rockett. ‘In the same way as in the home, mirrors are perfect for creating additional space in smaller courtyards and patios by reflecting natural sunlight back into the garden.
Introducing a mirror to your garden is also a wonderful way to embrace the beauty of nature. Through the reflection of your outdoor mirror, you can essentially double up your plants to create a gorgeous, outdoor oasis with a tropical feel that will whisk you far away. Vintage and Crittall-style mirrors are personal favourite for me. These beautiful designs add structure and character to any setting and blend in beautifully amongst the other textures of the garden. Whether nestled amongst foliage or displayed against a rustic brick wall, a fabulous mirror helps to create your very own secret garden for enjoying the long, lazy days of summer.’
Rockett St George, rockettstgeorge.co.uk