Happy Sunday! Let’s talk about mirrors today!
MIRRORS - WHAT THEY BRING TO AN INTERIOR SPACE
- At the top of the list is light. When mirrors are placed strategically they add brightness and illumination by reflecting other sources like sunlight coming from a nearby window, or a sparkle coming from a pendant or chandelier.
- Mirrors expand the sense of space by creating an illusion of continuing space.
- They provide interest to a space without busying it or creating visual clutter.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN STYLIZING WITH MIRRORS
- Make sure that the reflection in the mirror is attractive. Reflections of windows, furnishings, art and entrances leading into adjoining rooms are ideal. Reflections of bathroom entrances (best to provide a buffer for someone who might be coming out of the bathroom while still adjusting clothing, etc.), or potentially messy places in the house aren’t so ideal.
- Be careful not to place or hang mirrors in such a way that they predominately reflect the ceiling unless it has interesting architectural details like a box-beams or beautiful light fixtures.
THE TAKE AWAY
- Even though mirrors are ideal in small and / or dark spaces don't hesitate to use them in larger, brighter spaces too. When stylized right they will only add beauty to the space.
- Mirrors are a wonderful way to add depth and interest to a space without making it feel cluttered or too busy. Often I use them on secondary walls that are perpendicular to prominent art walls, or uninterrupted long walls that already include artwork. That way it dresses up a wall and adds dimension without overdoing it. Essentially it creates what I like to think of as beautiful negative space.
- Always, always pay close attention to what images the mirror will reflect once its hung to avoid anything embarrassing (bathroom scenario mentioned above) or just simply unattractive.
My list of favorite mirrors could go on...and on, so for now here's just a few of my favorites. Notice that .01 and .07 are shown in a couple of the images above.
Thanks for following along. During my regular post this week I'll be sharing more about Project Prime House (large addition & remodel) & Project Modern Oak (new build). Both are beautiful projects but are complete opposites when it comes to architecture and style.