Designers use mirrors quite often in their projects. Nothing else is so capable of transforming the interior: "pushing" the walls, taking them to another dimension, giving charm with the play of light and shadow, reflecting the familiar in a new way. This is an object that a person has been using since antiquity, but which contains hidden possibilities and fabulous energy for the embodiment of interesting ideas.
Reflecting the bright sun, the light of chandeliers or the fire of candles, mirrors add mystery to an entire home or an inconspicuous corner.
What kind of mirrors are there?
Vertical, horizontal, round, oval, triangular, non-standard, curved, sliding, built-in - all kinds of mirror surfaces. They can be smooth or painted, decorated with engraving. Placed separately or in groups.
Large mirrors can even create a certain style, change the perception of the surrounding space and at the same time be part of the interior. The idea of using them in small apartments to increase space is as old as the world, but always relevant and, depending on the ultimate goal, original.
Large growth mirrors in massive heavy baguettes, attached to the wall or standing on movable or fixed stands, will look great in a classic interior. One or more, placed against the wall opposite the window, they will reflect fragments of the landscape and make the room more spacious and lighter … And not only outside, but also inside the house, day and night, sun and moon, winter and summer will replace each other.
In an apartment with high ceilings, this amazing glass in a sophisticated frame, installed between the windows, will emphasize its height, the beauty of the chandelier and will become another window reflecting the comfort and atmosphere of the room.
Symmetrically placed glossy panels on both sides of the fireplace or bed will expand the space, creating a harmonious composition.
With the help of a large vertical reflective canvas in the center and decorative partitions in front of it, dividing the space into zones, you can create a subtle play of even geometric lines and rays of light in a small area.
Mirrors installed on opposite walls opposite each other will help beat a half-empty room. And they will bring a certain style into it.
The main thing is not to overdo it with the use of reflective surfaces, since their surplus, according to psychologists, can disorient a person.
For floor products, size matters a lot. The effect arising from the reflection of the glass and the perception of the whole room depends on it. AND if the height is insufficient (less than 170 cm), then it will seem superfluous in the interior.
At the head of the bed or above the fireplace, such a simple yet harmonious decoration creates an accent and gives dynamism and rhythm to the bedroom or living room. Narrow panels arranged in a row along the wall give a very interesting picture, breaking the reflection into fragments like frames. Only footage of real, not fictional life.
Built into the corridor, it performs several tasks:
- functional - you can see your own reflection in full growth;
- decorative - expands the space of the hallway, corridor.
Creates a pleasant atmosphere, hides surface defects and is a kind of accent, emphasizing the overall design intent. And for a small hallway of an apartment or a staircase in a house, it adds an expansion effect, leading into the depths of the opposite world.
Originals and people with a sense of humor, lovers of minimalism and high-tech styles can purchase curved glass for the house and create their own room of laughter, a crooked kingdom. Perfectly fulfilling a decorative role, it will amuse everyone who looks into it.
Round shapes often become relevant in creating the style of a room. They harmoniously distribute positive energy, personifying harmony.
Join several mirrored squares together to form a large canvas. The more different shapes and sizes are used, the more interesting it is.
The use of such a canvas, lined with squares with facets (decorative bevel) on the entire wall, is an excellent solution to visually increase the area … In it, the image is not distorted, but refracted, changing the sensation of perception and creating a different fairy-tale world inside the product.
The composition using family photographs will look original. Memorable moments and dear people will always be there, reflected in the shiny surface.
A mosaic made of pieces of magic glass will fit perfectly into a small apartment and will be an excellent bold design solution that demonstrates a sense of style.
Reflecting the rays of the sun, it will fill the room with light and sunbeams. This move can be used anywhere.
Large vertical canvases on cabinet panels can transform the interior beyond recognition. Create the illusion of some weightless space, where there is light and depth.
For small apartments, it is also practical if there is no additional space on the wall. Such a surface, with or without stained glass, drawing or without it, can be used to decorate a table, bedside tables.
Decorating the ceiling with reflective sheets or inserts adds light. Due to their high moisture resistance, they can be installed in the bathroom, kitchen.
There are 4 types of such ceilings: stretch mirrors, classic glass, polystyrene tiles, rack or cassette.
Psychologists assure that such an interior makes you fully aware of your personality. In a word, for those who want to know themselves.
They will become a wonderful alternative to the notorious reflective glass - after all, children are so fond of various fairy-tale characters and animals. There is a place where fantasies can roam, and for any room. The highest quality stickers are from acrylic mirror.
Other mirror options
A screen with reflective doors will be an excellent solution for dividing a room into zones. The visual effect will change each time the flaps are folded. The screen will perform the task of a miniature dressing room in a small apartment and a nook-warehouse of unnecessary things.
An interesting solution is the design of a reflective canvas in the form of a window, decorated with tulle and a curtain. With a possible shelf instead of a window sill. You can put a table in front of the "window" and create a cozy corner for meetings, heart-to-heart talks and tea drinking. Residents of an apartment or house passing by this artificial opening will create the illusion of movement on the street.
Doors can also become the center of attention if they reflect life inside the home. And with the use of the artificial aging technique, such a door will act as a portal to the mysterious world.
Wall cladding with reflective sheets or mirrors will create the effect of endless space through repeated repetition. Such a bold and original decor is suitable for ceremonial rooms and halls. But not for the bedroom, where it will cause anxiety and discomfort.
Lovers of theatrical effects will love the lens mirror. In a convex lens, like in a painting, the whole room will be reflected.
If the windows face north, and the room is twilight, several lamps should be placed near the mirror. Their light, reflected, will fill the space around with soft highlights and help to cope with the dusk in the apartment.
A glossy surface needs proper lighting to work properly. Perimeter lighting is capable of creating flawless reflection: LED strip and lamps located symmetrically on both sides. In the case of wall-mounted horizontal versions or models with cabinet doors, the lighting should come from the floor and ceiling.
In the kitchen and living room, it is a good idea to create local light that will divide the space into zones and create a light accent.
Which mirror frame to choose?
Very often, a frame with a mirror in an apartment or house plays a major role, taking all the attention of guests and hosts.
The style of interior decoration will be decisive when choosing this product. In any of the rooms of a house or apartment, baguette canvases should match the interior items and be part of them.
The color of the baguette should be in harmony with the tone of the floor, walls and surroundings.
When creating an interior in which mirrors will be involved, you must adhere to one style. It is necessary to study the advice of designers in order to choose the correct installation location, size and shape. And to avoid mistakes, you can entrust the installation to professionals.
- If the size of the canvas is more than 1 sq. m, it is better to install a triplex.
- Do not buy the whole thing at once, but decide first on the baguette.
- It is worth checking the strength of the fasteners before installing, as the products are very heavy. For the same reason, plasterboard structures are only suitable for mirror panels.
- It will not be possible to visually enlarge the room, but only to confuse and get confused if you put large mirrors close opposite or at an angle to each other.
- The larger the reflection surface, the stronger the effect of increasing the space. Canvases glued end-to-end at an angle look advantageous. A reflective strip around the perimeter of the furniture will make the furniture rise in the air.
- Options that are not suitable for the bedroom will work wonderfully for the living room. Semicircular elite models with built-in sconces can fit here.
For information on how to hang a mirror, see the next video.