Through the look­ing glass

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

AFRIEND re­cently dec­o­rated her home and asked me if I thought she had hung her

mirror cor­rectly. The short an­swer was no. The mirror was so high that it served lit­tle to no pur­pose. As well as fail­ing to re­flect my friend’s im­age it did not re­flect light or any­thing at­trac­tive.

When hung cor­rectly and thought­fully, a mirror can ac­com­plish more than any other decor piece in

the home. Most peo­ple only think of mir­rors as en­abling us to ap­ply make-up where it should be, but that is only the start of a mirror’s use­ful­ness.

Mir­rors can make a small room look big­ger and a

dark room look lighter. The other ben­e­fit of mir­rors is that they re­flect what­ever is in front of them. A

vase of flow­ers, a beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tive ob­ject or can­dles are twice as nice if placed cor­rectly in front of a mirror.

How to hang a mirror

Firstly, a mirror needs to be hung in a safe man­ner, and it needs to re­main se­curely in place. If you

were con­sid­er­ing hang­ing a mirror in a space that has a lot of move­ment you would want to en­sure it

is firmly hung with thick wire and set into the wall. Sim­i­larly, if you were hang­ing a mirror over a bed

it would be highly rec­om­mended that you have a pro­fes­sional do it for the ob­vi­ous rea­sons. The

same ap­plies to bath­rooms. If a mirror falls, chances are it will smash on the tiled floor.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

A well-placed mirror can bring light to dark spa­ces and dou­ble the ef­fect of beau­ti­ful flow­ers or light­ing placed in front of it. ONE FOLK TALE STATES THAT BREAK­ING A MIRROR WILL CAUSE SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK

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