A mirror can’t actually make a room physically bigger. It can, however, trick your eye into thinking the room is bigger and more spacious!
How does it work?
Mirrors reflect light and empty space, tricking your eye into thinking that the space is lighter and more spacious, even when your room hasn’t gain a single square foot of space.
How can you use this mirror trick?
1 |Pick a focal point and angle your mirror in its direction. This gives the illusion of depth.
2 | Place a mirror near a window. The mirror will reflect the outdoors and bounce natural and artificial light back into the room, making is brighter during the day and night. This extra light can turn a dark, closet-type room, into a light and cozy retreat.
3 | Hang a mirror horizontally instead of vertically. Your wall will instantly look longer. Accordingly, hang a mirror vertically if you want to make your room seem taller.
4 | Place a mirror on a wall opposite a hallway or the opening to a larger room. By reflecting an entry, you’re tricking the eye into thinking there are two open, entry points!
5 | Group smaller mirrors together. Large mirrors can get pricey. Cut your costs by exploring thrift stores for smaller decorative mirrors in all sizes. Then, paint the frames the same color, or go crazy with a little metallic paint! The final result? An organized and clutter-free masterpiece!
On top of being a great way to make a small room feel bigger, mirrors are a timeless wall to decorate your walls. As seasons change, trends evolve, and your tastes develop, you can easily update a mirror by changing out its frame, painting its frame, or hanging the mirror in a different way. When it comes to decorating, you can use a well-placed mirror anywhere, anytime!
Where have you used a mirror to transform a small space? Let us know in a comment (and picture pretty please) below! Or, post a pic on Instagram and tag @kirklands and use #mykirklands.