How to use mirrors to create more space at home


Whether you love the look of an Art Deco mirror, want to highlight a pretty reflection or simply want to create the illusion of more space, mirrors are an amazing tool to use smartly at home.

If you’ve been wondering for some time what kind of mirror would be best used in your space, whether that’s the walk-in robe or hallway, to make it look bigger and brighter, ask no more.

Here, we break it down room by room for you.

Mirrors double up as pretty objects while also enhancing space. Picture: Getty

The hallway

Dead-end spaces in hallways are the perfect locations for mirrors, as they will enhance the illusion of extra space.

“If you can put a mirror at the dead end of a hallway where you’d turn left or right, it can remove the feeling of it being a ‘dead’ space,” says Lana Taylor from Three Birds Renovations.

It doesn’t have to be a full floor-to-ceiling mirror to have an impact, either.

“A reasonable-sized mirror can still create the same effect – it could be a tall one hung up on the wall or placed above the hall closet,” says Lana.

Sherica Valadores, the owner at Shine Mirrors, loves the idea of using a horizontal mirror in the hallway.

“It’s best to place a mirror horizontally, so when you walk into the narrow area of the hallway, it widens the area instantly.”

This Art Deco mirror helps to widen the space. Picture: West Elm

The bathroom

A mirror in the bathroom is essential no matter what, so choosing the right shape, size and style for your space is key.

“Bathrooms almost by definition are smallish spaces,” says Lana.

Lana also believes you can’t go wrong with big mirrors in bathrooms: “An oversized bathroom mirror is very practical and helps make the space feel larger.”

However, just be sure to notice what it’s reflecting. “If the mirror is reflecting the view outside – like lush greenery – then it’s a great idea to go big.” If it’s reflecting the toilet, then going large might not be such a great idea.

Sherica’s top tip to create the illusion of more space is to use a mirror with a back-lit light.

“If there’s a light behind the mirror, or beside the mirror so it’s framed, it will enhance the brightness in the room and make the space feel bigger.”

The lounge room

Sofa? Tick. Window? Tick. If you have these elements in your living area, then placing a mirror adjacent to the window is a great idea.

“The light source reflecting from the window to the mirror will make the room look bigger and brighten it,” says Sherica.

Light reflecting from the window to a mirror will make the space feel bigger and brighter. Picture: Tamara Graham

The walk-in robe

All hail the leaner/floor mirror in the walk-in robe!

“A leaner mirror gives a relaxed feel but makes a robe open up and feel much bigger – it’s obviously super practical, too,” says Lana.

Sherica agrees, but also suggests – depending on your interior – you use a stylish, framed leaner mirror rather than a plain leaner option.

“You can lean it on the wall or against a contemporary piece of furniture in your bedroom,” she says.

The bedroom

As with the walk-in robe, a leaner mirror in the bedroom works wonders to widen the space. Another great option is using mirrored furniture.

“Mirrored furniture in a bedroom combined with a leaner mirror can enhance the reflection in the room and widen the space,” says Sherica.

Style tip: Be adventurous and mix things up. “If your interior furniture has wooden tones, for example, choose contrasting colours and shapes for your mirror to add to the character of the room.”

Why stop at mirrors? Try mirrored furniture. Picture: Natalie Hunfalvay. Styling: Jonathan Fleming, Allira Bell / Temple & Webster

Top of the staircase

Placing a mirror at the top of a staircase is another smart way to create the illusion of space at home.

“If you walk up a staircase and there’s a wall or landing within 1-2m at the top of the stairs, which can be the design in many homes, placing a mirror there can be helpful in widening the space,” says Lana.

READ: 9 ways mirrors can be used to craft magical optical illusions

This article was originally published as How to use mirrors to create more space at home by and is written by Kristy Barratt .

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