On re­flec­tion

In­te­rior de­signer LES­LEY TAY­LOR on how the hum­ble mir­ror can help cre­ate your dream home

East Kilbride News - - HOUSE & HOME -

ASK any in­te­rior de­signer and they’ll tell you mir­rors can be pretty mag­i­cal – and we’re not talk­ing fairytale queens and princesses here. For­get ge­nies and their wishes, god­moth­ers and their magic wands - if you want a home that’s the best, bright­est and most spa­cious of them all, some care­fully se­lected and clev­erly placed mir­rors are all you need. Ex­pand your hori­zons

WORK­ING with an im­pos­si­bly tight space? Along­side small prints, a pale colour pal­ette and care­fully cu­rated key pieces of fur­ni­ture, you can cre­ate an il­lu­sion of ex­tra room with large mir­rors.

The most ef­fec­tive are floor mir­rors, which cre­ate a feel­ing of height, as well as space. Where you wish to lengthen a wall, choose a long, skinny mir­ror turned on its side.

If you’re work­ing on a bud­get, then groups of smaller mir­rors of dif­fer­ing shapes can be a cost ef­fec­tive op­tion, and can also add in­ter­est. In­tro­duce am­bi­ence

HAVE you ever no­ticed how bou­tique ho­tels use mir­rors with il­lu­mi­nated edges in their bath­rooms? This kind of am­bi­ent light­ing is a great de­sign hack to cre­ate a re­lax­ing sanc­tu­ary. There’s no rea­son you can­not ap­ply the same prin­ci­ple if you want to cre­ate a tran­quil bath­room. Get cre­ative

FEA­TURE walls filled with mir­rors are a great way of mak­ing use of a space that would oth­er­wise lack in­ter­est – choose dif­fer­ent frame shapes, colours and fin­ish ef­fects, and team them with in­ter­mit­tent framed pho­tos for a fea­ture wall that’s packed with per­sonal touches.

Groups of smaller mir­rors can also cre­ate more depth, with­out the im­pos­ing ap­pear­ance of large mir­rors. Show­case state­ment pieces

OWN a beloved piece of fur­ni­ture you’d like to make the fo­cal point of a room? Plac­ing a mir­ror along­side it can cap­ture in­ter­est while show­cas­ing al­most ev­ery an­gle of the piece.

This spring is all about the mix­ing and match­ing of eras and state­ment pieces, so con­sider a mir­ror that con­trasts – where there’s a tra­di­tional side­board, you could go for a mod­ern, an­gu­lar and sim­plis­tic mir­ror. Fake it

IF your prop­erty leaves you yearn­ing for more win­dows, mir­rors can be an ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tive.

Large, rec­tan­gu­lar mir­rors placed at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals cre­ate a feel­ing of space; you should take a lit­tle time to ex­per­i­ment with place­ment to make best use of nat­u­ral light that you might have. To in­fin­ity and be­yond...

FOR an es­pe­cially dra­matic ef­fect, place two mir­rors on ad­ja­cent walls. Take care to choose mir­rors of dif­fer­ing sizes how­ever, with the smaller of the two be­ing oval and the largest be­ing rec­tan­gu­lar, as you may oth­er­wise end up with dizzy guests, rather than wow­ing them with your in­te­rior de­sign prow­ess. The great outdoors

YOUR en­trance hall­way is the first area guests see when they en­ter your home, so if you want to make a great first im­pres­sion this is the place to do it. Hall­ways how­ever, tend to suf­fer from a lack of space and light – for which mir­rors are ideal.

If your hall­way is com­pletely win­dow­less, you should con­sider team­ing your mir­ror with down light­ing, spot­lights or even can­dles.

If you are some­one who loves their out­door space, a well-placed mir­ror to re­flect a gar­den view will bring a touch of the out­side in­side.

Les­ley Tay­lor is the au­thor of 10 in­te­rior de­sign books and has ap­peared on a range of TV shows, in­clud­ing This Morn­ing, giv­ing inspirational ad­vice on home styling. She lives in Wales where she is the Founder and De­sign Di­rec­tor of lux­ury in­te­ri­ors life­style store Tay­lors Etc.

Back­light­ing mir­rors can give bath­rooms a feel­ing of tran­quil­ity while a state­ment mir­ror, like the one be­low, can pro­vide a plain hall­way with a def­i­nite wow fac­tor

DONE WITH MIR­RORS Clever place­ment can make a room ap­pear larger or ceil­ings higher

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