It always feels like we are trying to make rooms in our home feel larger. Whether we are knocking down walls or trying to give the illusion of space, a feeling of space makes us happy.  Mirrors are a great way to give the illusion of space. They enlarge the room and they trick the human eye into feeling an expanded living area and they are affordable too.  If you’re tired of your space feeling cramped, use these helpful tips to enlarge your space using mirrors.

  • Enlarge your bathroom: If your bathroom is lacking space, use mirrors behind your sink in a floor to countertop fashion. This will give the illusion of space, reflect more light and give you a mirror to get ready in the morning by. If you have a beautiful window in your bathroom, be creative and mount hanging mirrors from the ceiling to ‘float’ in front of the windows. This is a gorgeous interior designer trick that beckons repeating in your home!
  • Dramatic mirrors: If you want to add a visual focal point to your space, try adding an oversized mirror to your room.  Choose to frame it in a complimentary style to your décor. Dramatic mirrors will reflect the room, but also add the illusion of height. If your room has low ceilings, try adding a floor to ceiling mirror. You will instantly feel the room dynamics change.  Try using a light wall color and matching window treatment color to create more height and space.
  • Brighten a dark wall: If you have a dark accent wall in your space sometimes it will feel closed in and in turn make the room feel small and cold. Use a mirror on this wall to reflect the lighter side of the room and to “hide” a portion of the dark colored wall. For added interest choose greenery, or water elements to reflect back into the room.  Your room will feel more spacious and more balanced with the nature features.
  • Mirrors in multi-functions: If you are short on space, consider using your mirrors on closet doors or on storage cabinets. Multi-functional mirror designs will solve the issue of enlarging the space but can also be used to show off decorative shelving and collections. Mirrors which serve multi functions will make your room work well and look great!
  • Mirrors as art: Mirrors are usually thought of in the framed form. Mirrors can also be a piece of artwork alone in a space.  Do it yourselfer’s will enjoy visiting a glass and mirror store and creating your own creation for your space. Home improvement and furniture stores often sell accessories to their regular lineup of furniture.  The ideas are limitless if you get inspiration from a decorative space you visit or online interiors hunting!
  • Bring in the light: If your space is feeling small, mirrors will help reflect light into your space. Reflections and shiny surfaces also help to create a room of sophistication paired with grandeur.  Choose mirrors that reflect the decorative nature of your space. Whether traditional or modern, mirrors across from windows will reflect light back into your room, and in turn will feel larger.

Mirrors are simple, yet effective ways to make your space feel larger than it really is.  An added bonus to the illusion is the practicality of mirrors. What mirror have you walked by that you don’t want to check out how you look?  Mirrors help your space, and help you create a look that no longer feels cramped and now feels personalized and yours!

Freshome reader’s have any cool ways you use mirrors in your home? Give us some suggestions to add to the list.