Saturday, January 26, 2013

Designing with Mirrors



Double the Space

Add mirrors to any space you want to visually expand. "The location and placement of the mirror are key when utilizing them — you want to ensure that it will not create undesirable reflections and will allow it to maximize its innate qualities," designer Celia Berliner says. Mirrors, like this large dining room one, brighten the room, create additional luminosity and add dimension to the space, she says. Design by Celia Berliner

contemporary accents in living area

Dramatic Effect

Full-size floor mirrors can make a dramatic statement in a small space. "Using a framed, full-size mirror placed on the floor and resting on the wall can become an incredible asset in many ways in a bedroom, living room and even at the end of a hallway," designer Celia Berliner says. Design by Nicole Sassaman.

Entry Seating

Mirror Crazy

Designer Jennifer Duneier believes you can never have enough mirrors in a home. Try something new — hang multiple mirrors on the same wall. "If you use them together on a wall, you want them to be grouped in a visually-pleasing way, similar to art pieces," designer Amy Bubier says. "The scale of the mirrors should be proportional to each other and to the wall space — avoid using small mirrors on a large wall." Design by Erinn Valencich

Moeller gray bedroom storage

Design Must-Have

Mirrors can add an extra decorative touch to a room. This duo suits the modern, yet vintage feel of the bedroom. "Mirrors are like art in that the style should coincide with other pieces in your home," designer Amy Bubier says. "They are an integral part of the design style." Designer Celia Berliner believes well-placed mirrors can aesthetically enhance an interior with the use of stylish frames, like these distressed, reflective-framed beauties.

 art inspired living room

Garden Views

This wall-sized floor mirror defines the modern dining area in an open floor plan. Designer Andreas Charalambous of FORMA Design angles this oversized beauty against the wall to reflect natural light and the views of the adjacent garden. The apartment's small size is visually enhanced by the dramatic addition.

Reflected Light

Dining rooms are an ideal place for mirrors, especially when there's a full house. Designer David Scott prefers to use mirrors in rooms lacking natural light where they can create a greater impact. "I love to use mirrors in a dining room and light candles which will reflect and create a warm, romantic glow," he says. David uses an extra-large wall mirror to add more visual dimension to the space and create an elegant, yet relaxing atmosphere.


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Creamy Yukon Gold Mash

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