Mirrors are beautiful, mysterious things, reflecting and essentially doubling everything they see. Mirrors in the home create the illusion of space and depth, as well as reflect light and provide you with the opportunity to check your hair or adjust your tie before facing the world.
Placing mirrors in your home should be done with care in order to maximize the beauty of your home and its contents while eliminating glare, strange views and a funhouse effect.
Whether or not you subscribe to the tenets of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of configuring spaces to optimize the flow of energy, this school of thought provides practical solutions to mirror placement.
Mirrors Can Transform A Space
Gigantic or tiny, round or rectangular, mirrors have the power to transform a space or create chaos. Mirrors should be focal points in themselves, but they should never reflect these things:
- Windows and doors.
- Another mirror.
- Bare walls.
- Unpleasant views.
- The toilet.
- The bed.
Rooms that benefit most from mirrors include the dining room and main living space. In the dining room, the mirror should reflect the food on the table, the chandelier, or a lovely piece of artwork. In the living space, hang a large mirror over the fireplace to open up the space and bring good energy to the room. Decorative mirrors on other living room walls should reflect the beautiful things in the room rather than the television or the spot where you set the mail and other minutia of daily life.
Other spaces that benefit from mirrors include long, narrow hallways and stairways, very small rooms, and the entryway to your home. Place mirrors along the walls of the stairway, and make sure the mirror won’t cut off the reflection of your head as you ascend or descend the stairs. Don’t place a mirror at the end of a hallway, but rather along the length, perhaps above a hall table or situated between two sconces. In small rooms, place the mirror so that it’s not reflecting the door, but rather the interior of the room. Likewise, mirrors in the entryway shouldn’t be placed across from the door, but instead along the wall adjacent to the doorway.
Rooms in which mirrors don’t work as well include the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. Mirrors in the kitchen are very difficult to keep clean due to the moisture, grease particles from cooking, and cleaning chemicals that accumulate on the surface. In the bedroom, the mirror should never reflect the bed, and your reflection shouldn’t be the first thing you see when you wake up. A mirror in the bathroom above the sink is essential, but other mirrors in the room should be limited and shouldn’t reflect the fixtures or the door.
No matter where you place mirrors in your home, think of them as paintings, and make sure that what you see in them is pleasant on the eyes and free of glare.
CHC Glass & Mirror has a limitless variety of mirrors in all sizes, shapes, and frame materials. Please feel free to contact us today to explore your options.