11 Ways Mirrors Can Max Your Space by Creating an Optical Illusion
Dramatically boosting the feeling of space and adding a cool flash of glamour, mirrors can totally transform a room, whatever its size
If your narrow galley kitchen is giving you cabin fever, beef up its sense of space by fitting a mirror along one wall. Suddenly, those long, lean dimensions fill out and the mirror also makes a handy splashback.
A huge freestanding mirror propped against a wall will brilliantly boost the sense of space in a room. Plus, you can reposition it to refresh the look and take it with you if you move house. Placing some furniture in front, as seen here, softens any glare and creates further interesting reflections.
Mirror tiles fitted into the alcoves either side of the fireplace give this compact living space a gloss of elegance and a greater feeling of space. A further genius touch is arranging the seating symmetrically, so that it’s perfectly aligned to create long reflections in each alcove.
These mirror tiles have a soft, antiqued finish, providing a gentler, warmer feel than a single piece of super-shiny mirrored glass.
In a compact bedroom, mirrors fitted to wardrobes are incredibly useful. They make the space feel generous and are, of course, handy for checking how you look. Mirrors are used to great effect in this bedroom, which is decorated in a simple white scheme, helping it to feel as big and light as possible.
This clever office in a cupboard, with a small bar alongside, is transformed by mirrors fitted on the interior walls. They give these mini spaces depth and, when anyone is working at the desk, provide them with a sense of the room opening up behind them to help keep claustrophobia at bay!
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This narrow double bedroom has a strip of mellow, antiqued mirror high above the bed. It gives the room a feeling of depth (notice how the upper part of the window is reflected in it), without disturbing the warm, cosy feel with too many sparkly, reflective surfaces.
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Add depth and brightness to a hallway by fitting a made-to-measure mirror to one wall. Halls often suffer from feeling gloomy or cramped, but a
simple floor-to-ceiling mirror will bounce the light around and brighten the space.
The problem with using mirrors across a whole wall is that it can feel confusing. Where does the real room stop and the reflected one start? While this level of optical illusion may work in some rooms, if it feels too much for your space, consider this clever alternative.
These ingenious mirror strips do the work of expanding the room without reflecting every last detail or baffling the eye.
Mirrors are brilliantly useful when space is short, but they can also bring the wow factor to a well-proportioned room, lending a sense of drama while maxing the feeling of size.
This fabulous space with its soaring ceiling is instantly doubled by adding a wall of framed mirrors, with mirrored doors too. The pitched roof is reflected back, creating a lovely sense of symmetry, and the showstopper chandelier looks twice as fabulous!
To radically increase the feeling of space but also play around with the potential of exciting, multiple reflections, try fitting mirrors to two adjoining walls. This creates an abundance of reflections and perspectives, giving the room an expansive and glamorous feel.
Prevent a petite cloakroom from feeling too pint-sized by fitting mirrors to one wall. The softly antiqued glass used here turns the mirrors into a decorative feature rather than a purely practical one, but they still perform the same proportion-boosting service as a standard mirror.
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