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How to use mirrors to create more space in your home

20th October 2023
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A perfectly positioned mirror can make a real style statement in your home. It can help maximise the light, emphasise the space, while also providing a practical function. Read on for our guide on how to decorate with mirrors.

Where to hang mirrors in a home

Think strategically when considering the position of your mirrors. If you have a dark corner, consider placing a mirror next to lamps to reflect light into the space, effectively becoming an extra light source. 

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If you’re wondering how to use mirrors to create more space, follow this advice from Helen Joseph, part of our in house interiors team: “Position your mirror opposite windows or French doors to reflect light and create the illusion of space and depth, while also linking indoor and outdoor spaces.” 

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Oversized mirrors can help make narrow spaces appear larger. For example, a full-length mirror in the hallway can amplify the sense of space by capturing the light from outside. It also provides a functional solution, for example checking your appearance one final time before leaving the house. 

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As a general rule, mirrors should be hung at eye level to the people living in your home.

When it comes to how to decorate with mirrors on the wall, you can make a real style statement by creating a gallery of mirrors as an alternative to a picture gallery. Test your arrangement by positioning them together on the floor before hanging on the wall, starting with the centrepiece of your mirror gallery, or mark out onto brown paper for an easy way to experiment with layouts and combinations.

As with inside the home, mirrored and reflective surfaces in the garden can add interest and highlight specific areas or features.

Essentials to consider when choosing your mirrors

When you’re selecting mirrors, there are a few things to reflect on. Read on to discover how to use mirrors to create more space

Use a statement mirror to amplify the natural light and sense of space. “Go large and oversized,” Helen said. “Larger mirrors trick the eye into expanding your visual sense of space, adding an oversized mirror to even the smallest room will challenge visual perceptions and make the space feel larger than it is.”

A mirror is a bathroom essential, and we have a range of options by Roper Rhodes available via My Redrow. Options vary, subject to location and plot, but include a selection of flat-hanging mirrors or cabinets and ‘smart’ mirrors.

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The function of the mirror will play a part in helping you choose a design and where to position it in your home. The main purpose of a full length or oversized mirror is to check your appearance, with the added benefit of reflecting light and creating the appearance of more space. An illuminated or magnifying mirror is ideal for applying makeup. For a mirror that’s simply decorative, the frame is perhaps the most important factor.

The shape of your mirror is another factor to consider. Helen recommends playing with shapes and surface finishes. “This allows for interesting silhouettes and creative interplays with the environment they sit in. These forms can be used as details within a design, or as statement pieces,” Helen explained. “Use curved , organic and asymmetrical shapes to soften spaces such as bedrooms, replicating the free-flowing forms found in nature and providing a calming and sanctuary like feel.” 

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Add texture and colour with your choice of mirrors and their frames. “Hammered metals such as brass and imperfect eglomised surfaces provide a darker antique and moody quality,” Helen said. “These look particularly beautiful as the darker nights draw in. Paired with candles or table lamps, they can create a delicate and romantic feel.” 

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Create a focal point with a statement mirror on a feature wall . For example, position above a fireplace to complete the focal point of the space.

Mirrored wardrobes are among the options available via My Redrow, providing an elegant sophistication while amplifying the light in your home.

How to hang mirrors

With breaking a mirror said to bring seven years’ bad luck, you’ll want to ensure that your new mirrors are secure on your walls. Follow this step-by-step guide to hanging mirrors.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Stud finder/ cable detector.
  • Tape measure.
  • Spirit level.
  • Pencil.
  • Masking tape.
  • Drill.
  • Hammer.
  • Screwdriver.
  • Fixings.
  • Someone to help you.

The technique:

  • Ask your helper to hold the mirror in place.
  • Check for wall studs/ cables using the stud finder and cable detector.
  • Measure & mark out where you want it to go using your tape measure, spirit level, pencil and masking tape.
  • Drill the holes and put the fixings in place.
  • Hang the mirror.
  • Check it’s straight using your spirit level.
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