Mirror, mirror on the wall! We’re all familiar with that iconic line from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. After all, mirrors are a great way to decorate your home as they can change the way your space looks. From focusing on showpieces to making the room look larger, mirrors are a great way to accentuate a space. But before you start hanging mirrors in every nook and corner, it helps to understand what works for your space. We spoke to Ibadat Bhinder, an architect at Subhash and Associates, Chandigarh, who suggested the following tips to style mirrors across different spaces:
One room kitchens are quaint spaces, so one way to make it look bigger is through mirrors. Bhinder suggests, “Cupboards are always in the bedroom in such a setup, so mirrors can be used as shutters to automatically expand the size of the room and make it appear brighter and well lit. Placing a mirror on a wall opposite a window or the main entrance can act as a point of distinction and draw the eye right to it, creating an illusion of a larger space.”
For a setup which includes a bedroom, hall, and kitchen, it is all about adding character to the décor. “Place a large mirror with an ornate frame right above a large sofa in the hall, so it complements the furniture. Additionally, you could make a grand feature wall with different sized mirrors to make the space look more deluxe. For the bedroom, a full sized mirror can be placed in a corner, leaning against the wall to give your room an edgy look,” explains Bhinder.
With two rooms at your disposal, you could play around a little with the kind of theme you want. “The whole bed back can be covered with bevelled mirrors to create a stunning back wall, and at the same time add some depth to the room. For the other bedroom, one can experiment with a different interior altogether. You could go for a mid-century modern look by pairing wooden furniture pieces like a console with a sleek round mirror on top. This can also be placed in the hall if there is space for the console,” she says.
Larger spaces translate to more options for mirror decor, but always keep in mind to never overdo it. Bhinder advises, “One option is to use them as they've always been, concealed in a frame as per one's liking and fashioning it on a wall. Another great way is to accentuate a whole wall by casing it with tinted bevelled mirrors and placing a simple console table in front. One can also use this style of mirrors on the ceiling of their powder room, making the space look luxe beyond comparison.”
Additionally, if you wish to accentuate any corner in your room or accentuate that prized décor piece in your home, mirrors are perhaps the best way to go about it. “Mirrors can be used to play up other decor pieces as well. Mirror trays for the centre tables in drawing rooms and living rooms can be used for styling smaller showpieces which makes for a chic centrepiece. Instead of plain mirrors, textured mirrors look exquisite if placed opposite an art piece or a corner that needs to be focused on. This gives you another perspective altogether for the very same decor that you see next to it,” she signs off.