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10 ways to make mirror magic

10 ways to make mirror magic

Whether a space is small or too large and cavernous, mirrors can have a significant impact. For small spaces, mirrors can really help make a room appear larger and more open, while in too large a room mirrors can act as windows to reflect color and light. What are some of the best ways to use mirrors? How should they be hung? Mirrors used purposefully and creatively can make a room. Here are some top tips.

1. Hang mirrors in a grid or series. This can help create an extra window effect and help reflect light.

2. Consider mirrors with thin frames or finishes such as chrome or brass in areas where you want a modern, minimal look.

3. Use angled mirrors in rooms where hanging a mirror on the wall is not possible.

4. Place mirrors along a long hallway or hallway to extend the space.

5. Use mirrors of different sizes and scales depending on the space. Consider both round and rectangular mirrors and other shapes.

6. Bring color to a room with the help of mirrors. For example, choose a mirror with a frame in a bright color.

7. Hang mirrors at eye level, usually 5 feet above the finished floor. Many people hang mirrors too high or too low.

8. Place mirrors in areas that don’t get a lot of light, such as rooms without windows.

9. Consider large-scale mirrors as an alternative to artwork.

10. Hang mirrors in different sizes and shapes in a vignette if you are looking for an interesting wall element.

Based in New York City, Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally renowned expert in interior design and home staging with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, DC. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.


Horizontal frameless mirrors help reflect art in a living space. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)



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A series of mirrors help make a small room appear larger. (Handout/TNS)



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A large round mirror serves as a visual anchor in a living space with a fireplace. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)



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Mirrors hung in a grid help mimic the look of windows in this living space. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)