How To Use Mirrors To Create Larger and Lighter Spaces

Mirrors are standbys in bathrooms and bedrooms, and they’re often found over the fireplace, but their role in a home can be far greater and more dramatic than that. Though essential for checking your appearance, they can also radically boost the sense of space in a room. Used creatively, mirrors can create fascinating optical illusions, seeming to expand a cramped nook or endow an already generous space with the ultimate wow factor.

The history of mirrors date back to ancient times when mankind first saw reflections in a pond or river and considered it magic. In modern times, designers still consider mirrors somewhat “magical” in the way they can dramatize a space with ease.  As seen in our Aqualane Shores Model, adding a mirror creates depth while adding perspective and interest to a space. By adding a framed mirror to the wall of a living area, you can magnify color, light and increase the size of a room-just like magic.

 

Mirrors can also help in concealing storage, especially within an area with a narrow or small space. The designers in this project devised an interesting solution to make the kitchen appear larger, while also solving the issue of storage in a tight space.

As seen in this image from Houzz, the mirrors are cleverly masking the shelving and cupboards within the island. Read more on Houzz for the full story of “Why Design Loves a Mirror”