Illusions might seem to be reserved for magicians, but parlor tricks are also for amateur and professional home decorators. Careful mirror placement can visually expand a small space while increasing the amount of light in the room. A reflective wall hanging can also add an impressive view in an otherwise barren space. Use these creative and practical decorating tricks with mirrors, and embellish a bare wall while creating an amazing and stylish display.
Hang a Large Framed Mirror Across From a Window
When a room lacks natural light, square footage and/or visual interest, a single mirror can be used to reflect an existing outdoor view. Hang a large framed mirror directly across from a window that has not been hidden with blinds or drapes. A gloomy space will become naturally brighter during daylight hours. If the room is small, a large mirror will add imagistic size. The reflection of a colorful or picturesque view will also add visual interest on an interior or exterior wall.
Use Creative Mirror Placement to Brighten a Dark Space
Mirror tricks can also be used to significantly illuminate a dim space. If windows do not provide enough natural light, add a couple of mirrors to the equation instead of buying a lamp. If the windows do not provide enough light, enhance a single source of artificial lighting. A floor lamp and wall mirror are an ideal combination. If you already have a table lamp, place it on a pedestal to avoid hanging the mirror too low. A single lamp of any variety will provide the radiance of two fixtures. It is a resourceful way to stylishly light up a dark space or an entire room.
Create the Illusion of a Window on a Windowless Wall
A windowless wall does not have to lack a view. With stylish mirror tricks, it can look just as bright and spectacular as a pane of glass on an exterior wall, especially if it is framed to look like a real window. Buy something ready-made, or replace the glass in a vintage window frame to create a unique framed mirror. Those with arched tops and distressed frames are absolutely gorgeous. Place three or more side by side for a highly impressive arrangement that will serve as an ever-changing work of reflective art.
Source: Advanced Art Education and Professional Home Decorating Experience