Interior designer-approved tips for using mirrors in your home

JANE USSHER TESSA CHRISP JANE USSHER

A decorative mirror can be a replacement for art on a bare wall.

A well-placed mirror can reflect the beautiful aspects of a room.

Using an antique mirror in a bathroom as an alternative to a standard sheet mirror.

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Mirror aficionado, Donna White from Donna White Interior Design has shared some of her top tips for how to make the most of the mirrors in your home.  

CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACE

"Mirrors are magical. They illuminate dark corners, add elegance and drama to an area, and create the illusion of space," says White.

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"There is a mirror for every taste, whether modern, or classic," says designer Donna White.
TESSA CHRISP

"There is a mirror for every taste, whether modern, or classic," says designer Donna White.

Mirrors are key in pulling off a nifty interior design trick which fools the eye into thinking there is more space in a room than there actually is. This follows the general rule, the larger the mirror, the larger a room appears.

"I once placed a large, full-length mirror on the wall at the end of a short hallway in an old miner's cottage.  Instantly, this gave a person walking the short corridor a sense of increased length of space."

To create this feeling, White suggests hanging the mirror on a wall that catches the eye first.  

MIRRORS CAN BE A REPLACEMENT FOR ART

"A decorative mirror can be used in lieu of art to fill an empty wall space. As with art, they can be grouped, or stand alone, with the same rules for hanging art applying to hanging mirrors in whatever arrangement, or grouping,"  says White.

However, she warns budding stylists to be aware of the location and placement of their mirrors, because as easy as it is for a mirror to reflect the beauty of a room, they can also cast back 'undesirable sights'.

BATHROOM MIRRORS DON'T HAVE TO BE BORING

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Don't let your flair for design stop at the bathroom. Instead of using a standard sheet of mirror, opt for a mirror that suits your taste.

"Add your own style and personality by sourcing antique or retro-style mirrors from second-hand shops.  Alternatively, choose a lovely frame from a picture framer, and have it fitted with bevelled mirror,"  says White.

TAKE YOUR MIRROR INDOORS

Why not think outside the box and incorporate mirrors into your garden? An outdoor mirror can create the illusion of a "small window-like portal" that looks like you can walk through it from a distance.

"However, where you place the mirror will dictate how successful the illusion is. Garden mirrors work best with lots of plants growing around them, and covering the edges."

 - Stuff

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