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Use mirrors for a quick update of your home!

Mirrors have a variety of uses in the home, such as reflecting light, opening up space and generally enhancing the decor. However, there are a few guidelines that you should follow when hanging mirrors around your house.

Here are some top tips I have learnt over the years.

Our first home was a 2-bed split maisonette in Fulham. While it was a great size flat for a couple, we still wanted to make it look bigger. So, we used mirrors and mirrored furniture in key spots around the flat. When we moved out and wanted to rent it to someone else, the tips below paid off as the flat looked/felt bigger!

Use large mirrors in tiny rooms

A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big.

DON’T place mirrors just anywhere around your home

It might be tempting to hang up a mirror to cover empty wall space, but make sure it’s reflecting something that’s worth looking at. Like your collection of ELLE DECORATION 1980-2015.

Use mirrors in narrow hallways and staircases

A smaller, horizontal mirror works in a narrow hallway or staircase. This will act to widen the space, which creates a better flow from room to room.

Make a mirror a focal point in the room

Putting a mirror over a fireplace is a great idea. It also works great for your feng shui. A mirror is a water element, and when placed over the fireplace, it balances the energy. And ok, I know the image below is not representing the average home, but let's just dream for a bit, ok?

Photo: Chic Provence

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis @Seasonsincolour

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis @Seasonsincolour

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis @Seasonsincolour

Feng Shui and mirrors

According to feng shui, it’s not really good to have mirrors in the bedroom at all, noting how they are thought to attract a strong element of water, which can create an energy of sorrow.

And it is said that it ‘invites a third party into your intimate relationship’. Oh-oh! But if you are not a believer and want one in there, here's what it could look like!

DO use mirrored furniture to your advantage

There are several innovative ways to use mirrored furniture (such as a mirrored chest of drawers or mirrored coffee table) to enhance your home. Mirrors trick the eye into thinking the mirror doesn’t exist.

Source: Todhunter Earle

And here are a few photos of how I have used mirrors in my home:

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