How To Use Mirrors In Your Home To Enhance Natural Light
When it comes to interior design, you can’t put a price on the value of natural light. In addition to its physical benefits, it brings an energy to a space, enhancing colours and textures, influencing mood and atmosphere. It’s almost impossible to recreate with electrical light but it can be enhanced, and mirrors are one of the easiest (and most cost effective) ways to do this.
There is obviously a lack of natural light during the winter months so it’s important to try and bottle every last ounce of it, especially if you’re working from home. Positioned correctly, mirrors will bounce daylight around a room, casting light into darker corners and helping a space to feel bigger and airier. What’s more, they also make a fantastic decorative addition, so the benefits are two-fold.
Hanging a mirror opposite a window will enable it to reflect the maximum amount of natural light, but it also needs to work with the existing layout of your space. They make great focal points when hung over fireplaces, consoles and sofas, so take this into account and consider a furniture re-shuffle if it’s practical to do so. From statement mirrors that double-up as a piece of art, to sleek and simple shapes that will add a subtle elegance, there are many ways to create a well designed space with use of mirrors.
Make a style statement with a mirror that’s as pretty as it is practical. There are so many styles that can do this. Industrial styling of an old window pane with foxed glass, decorative oval pieces with a plantation feel or a vignette of smaller mirrors to make an overall statement.
Cool and classic, round mirrors are an interior design staple and their gorgeous shape offers the perfect contrast to the straighter lines found across other pieces of furniture. We love to style them in hallways and bathrooms. The round of the mirror often softens the harshness of the angular furniture below it.
Full length mirrors can be incredibly effective when it comes to maximising light so make sure you position them carefully. Full length mirrors are incredibly practical in bedrooms, they can however be placed around the home, either propped on the floor or hung to create a feature as a piece of art would.