The life of an interior designer is sometimes a little schizophrenic. Right now I’m flitting between period elegance, simple scandinavian, cool contemporary and boutique chic. Different customers, (or that would be one crazy looking house), different styles and different briefs. But the common denominator is the simple mirror. It doesn’t matter what your style or budget I’m always going to throw in a mirror or two. And I’m not just talking about the obvious places, i.e. over the fireplace or above the bathroom sink. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to decorating with mirrors. I’ve also got a list of places where you should not hang a mirror. Interested?
Decorating with mirrors
Art is very personal and it might take years to find something you like enough to hang on your walls that you can afford. It might sound dramatic but you may never find anything you like. Retailers like Next know that, which is why they produce shelf loads of bland canvases in the same colours as that seasons soft furnishings to save you even looking for artwork. But instead of settling for a bland canvas or a stock poster from IKEA why not hang a mirror.
If you can’t find or afford a huge feature mirror like this gorgeous sunburst one then use a set. This lovely set of three is £159 from Furniture in Fashion but you don’t need to spend a fortune. You can pick up great mirrors in places like Argos or Wilko for under £20. Like cushions, they don’t need to be the same size or style, just stick with the same colour palette and hang them in rows or clusters.
Or create a feature using frameless mirror tiles. Homebase and IKEA sell packs of 30cm square mirror tiles for under a tenner. If you do have a few quid more to spend Notonthehighstreet.com have packs of 20cm hexagonal tiles for (gulp) £185.00. Very on trend tho.
I like to mix mirrors in with pictures (and sometime other random oddities) to expand and add more interest to the arrangement.
And if you can’t find any pictures or family photos you like but still want a gallery wall then just use mirrors.
This is also a great way of breaking up a wall if you want to paint it a really bold colour but
don’t have the balls are worried it might be too much.
Mirrors are obviously great for bouncing light around a room but if you hang them facing a window or side on they will also reflect the view. So it doesn’t matter if you were last to the dining table or you have to sit with your back to the window to watch the telly you can still see the view.
Mirrors either side of the bed increase the glam factor of even the most glamorous bed, and will reflect the light from your bedside lights – double whammy.
And just when you thought they’d done enough, mirrors can also create the illusion of space, elongating a room or adding height.
God I love this room….the reflection of that pitched roof creates amazing symmetry and you get twice as much chandelier.
So where should you not put mirrors?
- On the back of the bathroom door if your toilet faces the door. Enough said.
- On your wardrobe doors if you’ll be able to see your reflection when you open your eyes in the morning.
- Above the bath, unless its high enough that you can only see your head and shoulders.
- Facing the shower, again unless its at head height. Never have a long mirror facing the shower. I bet not even Heidi Klum wants to see herself showering.
- Above the bed. It’s not the 70’s and you’re not a porn star.
So the answer is basically anywhere you might catch your reflection when you’re naked and/or not looking your best. Mirrors should be used to decorate and illuminate not kill our self esteem.
So time to chuck out that IKEA poster?