9 Times Designers Used Mirror Ingeniously
Mirror can work all sorts of magical tricks in an interior, from stretching space to improving the view
So clever is the use of mirror here, that it might take a few seconds of looking at the photo of this small living room, designed by Black and Milk, to figure out what’s going on.
Got it? Yes, that full wall mirror, directly behind the sofa, gives the impression there’s a whole room behind the furniture. It opens up the space magically, and manages to be both incredibly stylish but also playful.
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It’s a familiar layout for kitchen extensions in Victorian homes; one or two doors back into the main house, and an island with either a sink or hob on it in this sort of spot. And a familiar dilemma? Which zone gets the garden views: hob or sink?
This kitchen, sensitively designed by Magentapink Interiors, removes the views debate from the decision-making thanks to a well-placed mirror behind the sink (though it could have been the hob) that reflects the garden, becoming almost like another window.
This impressive, antique-style mirror, sourced by Honey Bee Interiors, plays tricks on the eye thanks to its size, but also thanks to its frame.
The white-painted edging hints at the idea of a doorway or opening into another space. So not only does it bounce lots of light around this beautifully bright room, it also gives you the sense of more breathing space than you really have.
It’s an incredibly simple detail, but one that shows the skill of designers Brown + Brown Architects in coming up with it. A wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling mirror creates a feeling that you’re walking into a much bigger hallway than you really are in this Scandi-style Scottish cottage. You almost want to walk through the mirror into the reflected space.
It’s also perfectly positioned for a last glance at your appearance before heading out the door.
If you have something big in a room that you don’t especially want to see, consider covering it in mirror glass. The decorative cladding here boosts light and the sense of space in this large room. What’s even cleverer, though, is the way Ivar London designed it to almost erase what is, in fact, an imposing structure in the centre of the room.
The wall, which conceals a dining area, forms one side of this room within a room. The alcove at the far end, by the windows and on the right of the fireplace, is another eye-confusing ruse, especially with the plant reflected in it.
Mirrors have been used cleverly all over this space-maxing London house, designed by Reuben Spiring at JLB Property Developments, to boost light and trick the eye into seeing more space.
Here, one is tucked inside the cupboard hiding the tea- and coffee-making area, bringing extra light and garden views into the tiny space.
When you look at this ingenious dressing room, designed by THE ROOM & CO, you don’t immediately see a diddy space. You see something mind-bending and clever going on with the lights and drawers, thanks to those mirrored wardrobe doors.
When something is so symmetrical and reaches right up to the edge of a mirror like this, the reflection becomes seamless and the lines appear to continue.
Placing a bed against a chimney breast throws up challenges and options. Do you fill in the alcoves with storage and built-in bedside shelving? Extend the chimney breast to reflect the size of the bed? Remove the chimney breast entirely?
If storage isn’t essential, this idea from Penman Interiors makes rather luxurious use of the space in a very little bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling alcove mirrors instantly create a sense of depth and help the room feel bigger.
The use of mirror in this sitting room works on a couple of levels. The ceiling mouldings seem to go on forever, and the alcoves remain practical while also teasing the eye into seeing depth where there is just a wall.
The designers at Intarya, which was behind this impressive project, explain the thinking behind the mirrors here: “It was important to maximise the apartment’s distinctive architectural details, such as the impressive double-height ceiling of the reception room. Floor-to-ceiling joinery either side of the fireplace does this to excellent effect, using grey-stained sycamore in a high-gloss finish with antique mirroring to add to the glamorous feel of the interior.”
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