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3 Smart Ways to Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Mirrors are not just used for reflections. They can also open up a small space to make it look significantly larger. People in large cities who are forced to live in smaller apartments tend to use this trick to make their homes look much larger for a fraction of the cost of a space with more square footage.

Mirrors are all about illusions– they bring depth to a space. By using optical illusions, a mirror can trick your eye into perceiving a bounced reflection as a larger space. According to the law of reflection, the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. What does this mean? The mirror will reflect the amounts that approach it, so the larger mirror you get, the bigger your space will look.

Here are some ways to utilize mirrors in smaller spaces:

Use a Large Mirror Behind Furniture

Do you have a tight alcove in your house that you kind of love but kind of hate? Does it take away from the rest of the room? What about a small entryway? If you have pieces of furniture in very narrow spaces, try placing a very large mirror, think floor to ceiling, behind the piece of furniture. By doing this, you create the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is, giving you more square footage.

Line A Wall With Mirrors

Another great way to create the illusion of extra space is to use mirrors against a wall. Use several small to medium sized mirrors spaced evenly apart to create a collage against your wall. You can do this in a very classy way, it doesn’t necessarily need to be like a room straight out of the 1980s, so that you can still see the wall behind. Use this trick as a design element rather than a stand- alone show. Bonus points if you have colorful framing behind the mirrors!

Fake A Window

If you are living in a small apartment or house with a lack of windows, you may experience a very closed-off feeling in your home. Similarly, windows provide light and depth a room to open it up. If you struggle with this, trying creating a fake window from a set of mirrors. Use small square mirrors to tile out a fake window. While this window won’t necessarily give you a glimpse of the outside, you can place some planters on the opposite side of the room to reflect into the mirror. While a window is often a compromise that we don’t want to make, mirrors can easily resolve the problem with a little bit of adjusting.

Mirrors can be very useful to interior decorating in a small space. A large mirror can reflect light and different objects to create an optical illusion of depth and perception. Similarly, the larger the mirror, the larger the space will appear. While there are only a few ways that mirrors can be used in small spaces, there are many opportunities to get creative with mirrors. Try some floor length mirrors, smaller tile-like mirrors, and antique style wall mirrors to improve your home.


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