One of the biggest challenges homeowners face is finding a way to make a small room or narrow hallway appear larger. Large framed mirrors are perfect for creating an illusion of depth. By making a narrow hallway appear wider, it can make going from room to room a much more pleasant experience for you and any visitors to your home.
While large framed mirrors can be a great asset when decorating a small or narrow area, they are generally not a good option for large, open rooms. Because mirrors create the feeling of additional space, they could cause a larger living room or kitchen to feel too expensive. If you don’t have many pieces of furniture or other decor in the room, it could also make the room feel empty and vacant — hardly the effect you wish to create in your home.
With their reflective nature, improving interior lighting is one of the best benefits of installing a large framed mirror in your home. This is especially true when trying to improve visibility in a room with relatively poor lighting. Thankfully, there are several methods you can use to improve interior lighting with your mirrors.
One option is to place two mirrors on adjacent walls. This allows the mirrors to fully capture the light from a hanging fixture and maximize its impact on the room. Placing a mirror directly across from a window is another great way to increase the light inside your home — while also reflecting a beautiful view from outside.
No matter which room your large framed mirrors will be located in, select a location that will maximize the room’s light source. Whether a small overhanging light or a spacious window, proper placement will help you bring more light into the room. Keep in mind, however, that the reflection of light will also make the room look bigger — so you may not wish to maximize this attribute in a larger room.
Another popular use for large framed mirrors is to bring increased visibility to a design feature — or even to become a focal point of the home decor! Creative placement of your mirrors can draw the eye to certain areas or provide a much-needed boost in visual appeal.
For example, many homeowners choose to install a large framed mirror either above or beside a fireplace. This can help make the fireplace the central focus of the room’s decor, while also creating a cozier feeling by reflecting your family’s activities.
Some homeowners achieve a similar goal by placing a large mirror in the centre of a vacant entertainment centre or wall of bookshelves, bringing depth and light to an otherwise “solid” area. Mirrors can even be used to bring greater emphasis to pieces of art hanging in your entryway or living room.
By accounting for the aforementioned factors when hanging large framed mirrors in your home, you’ll be able to find a placement that significantly improves your lighting and makes your room feel more open and inviting. While it may require some extra time to find the perfect place to install your mirror, ensuring that your new mirror goes in the best possible location will make all the difference in your future enjoyment of your home.