Mirrors are all about form and function together in one handy package. Mirrors are literally a reflection of you – and your plenty perfect style!
Here are “7 Ways I Use Mirrors In My Home” to give you some inspiration for using mirrors in your own home.
#1 – Eyes In The Back Of Your Head
The desk in my office is positioned so that my back has to be toward the door when I am working. I like the view out the window, but it was a little unsettling to be faced away form the door. The kids were learning to sneak up on me and I was losing my status as “Mom Who Has Eyes In The Back Of Her Head.”
In my quest to create a more comfortable and inspiring work space, I hung this mirror on the wall to the side of my work area, so I could easily glance up and see what is going on behind me.
I am not an expert, but I have read enough about the art of Feng Shui to know that mirrors are the “aspirin of Feng Shui” because they can be used in so many different ways to activate, enhance, circulate and balance the energy of a room. I can personally affirm that this “cure” really did make a difference in my space. I am amazed at how much more calm and settled I feel sitting at my desk since I have added the mirror to my decor.
#2 Creating Balance
The mirror in the picture above started out dark brown, traditional, heavy looking. I added a thin layer of turquoise paint to perk it up and bring color to the space above my mantle.
Mirrors, as well as the colors blue and green, represent the “water” element in Feng Shui. A mirror placed over the mantle of a fireplace balances the “water” and “fire” elements in a room.
#3 Checking Teeth
This is a very inexpensive little mirror but it has nice, clean, traditional details. It isn’t exciting, but I didn’t need anything exciting in this small entry hall.
What I need is a place to check my teeth right before I go out my front door. Which is important because, as you know, only your best friends will tell you that you have spinach stuck in your teeth. And your best friends might not be where you are going.
Did you notice that the beading in the corners of the mirror above are not mitered together perfectly?
If you are buying a more expensive mirror, you should look for beading that matches up in the corners so that it looks like one continuous line of beads.
Beveling – the angle around the perimeter of the glass mirror itself – makes a mirror look more expensive and adds a really good-looking, subtle detail.
Two benefits of buying inexpensive mirrors are 1) there are a lot of them available at garage sales, used furniture stores, and in the sale section of stores like Home Goods, and 2) you can fearlessly make it your own by painting or altering it to match your particular style.
#4 Make A Small Room Feel Larger
This mirror used to have a dark frame but I needed a fun, bright mirror for the powder room, so I gave it a coat of paint.
Big mirrors are great for small rooms. This powder room is so small that I could barely get a decent picture of it. The mirror covers a lot of wall space and reflects the light from the one small window in the room. I like how the splash of color in here works well with my kids’ artwork on the opposite wall.
#5 Make It Pretty
This Venetian-style mirror is elegant, light, and airy.
The oval shape of this mirror is a nice, soft element of this room and the etching in the frame lends it a feminine touch. This mirror makes me happy every time I look at it!
Feng Shui experts do not recommend placing a mirror at the foot of a bed, on the ceiling, or anywhere that would show you a reflection of yourself from your bed. Apparently this can be very disconcerting and disrupt your ability to get a peaceful night of sleep.
#6 – Add Architectural Interest
A mirror with divided panes will bring light to a space and provide a decorative element that does not compete with other artwork.
A mirror with strong details can add architectural detail to a room in the same way that wide ceiling moldings, wainscoting, chair rails, and window mullions do. A mix of textures and materials adds more interest and makes each element stand out more.
#7 – Create A Focal Point
Starburst mirrors are very traditional and have gained popularity in recent years. They can be big or small, made from a variety of materials, and come in many different finishes. Check out this website to see starburst mirrors made out of rulers and pencils! Starburst mirrors can be hung on walls, above other mirrors or artwork, in a grouping of mirrors, or even in a window.
This iron starburst mirror is an unexpected element in an otherwise soft and pretty room. It would have looked strange to put a big bed right under a small window if I had not used the linen draperies and pairs of lamps and artwork to create a larger visual frame around the bed. The starburst mirror makes a beautiful silhouette against the light from the window and generates visual energy and movement which draws the eye to this area.
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for ways to use and make beautiful mirrors for your home!
If you want more information on Feng Shui, this is a great little book. The author makes basic Feng Shui really easy to understand and gives real life examples of how to use the Feng Shui principles and “cures” to enhance any area of your life with the décor in your home.