This One Trick Will Make Every Small Room Seem Larger
In the age of micro-living and eco-friendly prefab homes, it’s not surprising that our living areas are getting smaller. While some homes can be easily fixed with open floor plans, other spaces like studio apartments and small rooms still remain a challenge in the decorating department. We’ve already come up with tons of storage solutions for small spaces, but how can we make a room appear larger, without any renovations?
The answer: Add mirrors. It’s a trick interior designers swear by, and it works like a charm every time. In fact, it’s probably the one thing you should splurge on when decorating a small area—not only does it double up the space, but it also gives the impression of double the furniture and accessories. But before you run to the shops in search of the perfect mirror, follow these invaluable tips for decorating with mirrors.
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The round mirror also works well to break up rectangular shapes, like in this hallway, where a console shelf is flanked by bookcases. The items on the console are reflected in the mirror, creating a layered effect.
You might think this bathroom in a tiny Parisian apartment designed by Septembre Architecture leads to another room at the far end of the house, but the back wall is, in fact, a mirror—making the bathroom look twice as large and visually lengthening the whole apartment. To achieve this, choose a patterned tile to act as a trompe-l’œil.
In Sally King Benedict’s Atlanta home, the back wall of the living room is covered in mirrors, multiplying the ceiling beams and making the space seem much larger. This is a great trick to accentuate architectural features, and installing wall sconces on the mirrored wall can give the space a beautiful glow.
The most important rule to live by when decorating with mirrors is to ensure that what it’s reflecting is pleasant to look at. In other words, don’t let it reflect clutter, an unsightly TV, or a bad view.
Accessorize mirrors by leaning artwork in similar frames against it. The repetition of black frames will blur the lines of the mirror’s edges, making the reflection just another beautiful artwork to look at.