The shortage of space is always a problem in many households. For those who want to make the most of their situation, the illusion of space would be the next best thing. Mirrors have a way of altering perception when it comes to interior design. In a recent article for The Washington Post, Megan Buerger shared some tips and tricks in improving the look of a small space with the use of mirrors from an Indianapolis glass company:
It’s no secret that mirrors can help a small space breathe. Often used in restaurants and hotels, they create the illusion that an area is larger and better lighted. And because they take up very little room, those in cramped quarters can and should go nuts…
Bigger is Better
Designers recommend using large mirrors to broaden a modest space. Ironically, the use of a small mirror will actually highlight the lack of space. Big mirrors are particularly effective for making narrow or cramped spaces (such as narrow corridors or hallways) look wider. The only exception to the big mirror rule is if it has an elaborate, bulky frame that would crowd the room further.
Floor mirrors are effective not just in the bathroom or bedroom. A large mirror strategically placed in a cramped entryway can create a grand welcome sight for visitors. Placing mirrors in unexpected locations in a home such as the kitchen or den are another way to open up space for added character.
Reflect and Amplify
What better way to illuminate a stuffy room than with mirrors from Indianapolis glass providers like Suburban Glass Service, Inc. that maximize incoming natural light? Make sure to position these correctly in relation to windows to literally brighten up the space.
Everything in Moderation
Too much of a good thing could be bad. Having an excessive number of mirrors as focal points in the home may create negative impressions about the owner, as well as create a carnival “house of mirrors” effect that could prove distracting for guests:
But for some, mirrors suggest narcissism, so be deliberate. Avoid the dining room, where they could distract from conversation, or at least put them at eye level so they won’t be in the way when guests are seated. And if you want a mirrored ceiling, the detail is best limited to a hallway…and only with a professional glassworker doing the installation.
As for mirrored furniture and art pieces, designers caution owners not to overdo it. Select items like jewelry cases and mirrored drawers can still exude glamour without going overboard.
(Source: Small spaces: The old mirror trick, The Washington Post, 24 September 2014)