The amateur’s guide to the oversized mirror trend

It’s hard to have too much of a good thing. Mirrors are aesthetically pleasing and almost never take away from a room – neither space nor design.

So why not go big or go home? Follow these steps to learn how your space can take on this giant trend.

 Step #1: Ask yourself what you want this mirror to do

1. More light

If you have small windows or if a room in your apartment faces another building, then you probably don’t enjoy much natural lighting. Solve this problem by placing an oversized mirror opposite a window – this helps disperse sunlight throughout the room.

2 . More space

Mirrors give the illusion of a bigger space. The science is simple: walls are dead ends to the eyes while mirrors reflect the space, giving an optical illusion of more space. If you want to enlarge a small area, use a mirror that takes up most of a wall.

You can also place it behind a piece or group of furniture in a small space. This highlights the furniture and enlarges the space – think about your little foyer!

3. More style

If you’re using a mirror in place of art or photos, or you’ve stumbled upon a statement mirror that looks like it was made for your home, choose a conspicuous spot for it. It might be the wall opposite the main door or the one by the dining table. Let that statement piece really make a statement.

When choosing a spot for your mirror, also think about the part of the home that will be reflected. Placing a mirror opposite artwork or by the wall of a chandelier ensures that it reflects other visually pleasing items; don’t place it opposite a laundry basket overflowing with week-old gym shorts.

Step #2: Consider various designs and placements

1. Play with shapes

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2. Lean it on a wall

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3. Vintage never fails

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4. Overtake a wall

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5. Reflective borders

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6. Strategic panels

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This article was originally published as The amateur’s guide to the oversized mirror trend by atap.co and is written by Charmaine Kon.

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