Mirrors, mirrors, on the wall
Many homeowners tend to overlook how good mirrors look on a wall, especially when massed en-group. I admit that one large, framed mirror looks great but so does a whole group of mirrors. Here are some ideas for adding more mirrors to your home...
If you love browsing through secondhand stores you've no doubt seen the wonderful mirrors you can pick up at bargain prices, the same goes with online auctions and classifieds. We're talking reproduction vintage here and not antiques, because the difference in price between the two will blow your socks off...!
Here's an unusual take on the conventional mirror wall. Small mirror squares are mounted in gold frames to not only reflect back but also provide interest. You can so easily knock up some SupaWood frames using 6mm or 9mm and then spray with Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint in pure gold, titanium silver or aged copper - or even one of the many colours in the Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint range available at your local Builders Warehouse.
There's only one place in a home that you should never place a mirror - opposite the front door. I'm not a firm believer in Feng Shui, but that's the one 'don't do' that sticks in my mind. A mirror opposite your front door is supposed to send good luck away.
Don't buy your mirrors from a home decor store - it's much cheaper to go direct to a glass and mirror supplier and let them cut to size for you. Not only will you pay far less, but you can have them cut to any shape or design and then add your own frame or surround.
Antique mirrors blend beautifully with traditional, eclectic or Shabby Chic interiors. Making your own antique mirror is actually quite a simple process that can be applied to any mirror.
Mirrors have evolved from being a 'looking glass' into an essential home decor accessory and every home should have a least one mirror - but the more the better. Use mirrors alone to create a feature wall.
Use mirrors to enhance a small space such as a dining room or small living area. Wherever they are placed, mirrors reflect and bounce light around the space and deceive the eye into thinking a room is larger than it actually is.
Mirrored doors - whether bought or made - are perfect for concealing cabinets, reflecting more light into a room to visual enlarge and brighten up, but they also look good too. However, not a good idea if you have young children or you will spend the day cleaning off fingerprints.
And let's not forget outdoors on a small balcony or patio, or in a courtyard, where mirrors can be placed to add interest and reflect even more light into the space.