Mir­ror, mir­ror on the wall!

Bray People - - HOUSE & HOME -

WANT A way to catch and re­flect light in your home? Noth­ing does it bet­ter than a mir­ror.

Mir­rors have been used to make com­mer­cial build­ings look more spacious, and these same tech­niques can be used suc­cess­fully in your own home.

Try the fol­low­ing "dec­o­rat­ing with mir­rors" tips:

*If you have a wall in front of the en­trance as you en­ter your home, then hang a unique mir­ror on that wall to open it up and add in­ter­est to the area.

Try stag­ger­ing mir­rors on ei­ther side of a nar­row hall­way or stair­way to give the il­lu­sion of width.

To make a hall­way or stair­way ap­pear longer, try po­si­tion­ing a mir­ror at the end which will dou­ble its length.

Wrought iron mir­rors are pop­u­lar and can be used as a home decor ac­cent with most dec­o­rat­ing styles.

Col­lec­tions of un­usual mir­rors can be used be­hind a sofa or in a hall­way. They can be ar­ranged in group­ings or com­bined with paint­ings.

You can use sev­eral hinged mir­rors placed to­gether be­hind can­dles or flow­ers on a man­tle or ta­ble, thus "mul­ti­ply­ing" the ef­fect of your dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents.

As with your art­work, choos­ing the right frame for your mir­ror makes a world of dif- fer­ence. The frame adds to the look of the mir­ror and en­hances the space around it.

The use of long, tall mir­rors spaced across a wall is a nice change from the more tra­di­tional wall-to-wall mir­rors.

Make sure mir­rors re­flect only at­trac­tive ob­jects. Do not place a mir­ror di­rectly across from a waste bas­ket or clut­tered area. Try plac­ing it across from a win­dow, a lamp, or a fa­vorite paint­ing.

Minia­ture mir­rors can be used as a dec­o­ra­tive touch on throw pil­lows, cur­tains and place­mats.

Put a mir­ror on the ceil­ing of kitchen cab­i­nets or the pantry which will help you see what's on the top shelf.

Mir­rors can also be used in the din­ing room to show­case your ta­ble decor. Use a mir­ror in­stead of a place­ment at each place set­ting. They will nat­u­rally draw at­ten­tion to your ta­ble and by us­ing bright and dec­o­ra­tive dishes you will cre­ate a stun­ning dis­play.

Since mir­rors come in all shapes and sizes, they of­fer lim­it­less dec­o­rat­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Make a mir­ror the fo­cal point in a room. Con­sider in­vest­ing in a re­ally unique, classy mir­ror and frame that com­ple­ments the rest of the decor in the room.

Re­mem­ber to hang mir­rors at a us­able height!

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