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Using mirrors in home decoration

Mirrors bring a special touch to home decor by adding light and creating the illusion of space. A mirror is defined as a reflective surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall on the surface.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the typical mirror is a sheet of glass that is coated on the back with aluminum or silver that produces images by reflection. This type of mirror came into widespread production in Venice during the 16th century.

Here are ten tips for using mirrors in your home decor:

1. Place a mirror on a wall adjacent to an interesting picture or piece of art and the mirror will reflect the image and add a sense of space.

2. Hang a decorative mirror near a window in a dark room. This will allow light to reflect off the mirror creating more natural light in the room.

3. To create the illusion of depth in a room, paint one wall a dark color that contrasts with the other walls. Then hang a decorative mirror on the dark wall to create a sense of depth in the room.

4. Create a charming entryway by hanging a framed mirror topped with floral swag. This will help create light in the entryway and also provide a last minute check before heading out the door.

5. Expand a small dining room by placing an ornate mirror on one wall. This will make the room appear larger and brighter.

6. Place a decorative mirror in front of an attractive fireplace and mantel to reflect something interesting in the room.

7. Group and hang multiple mirrors in various sizes and shapes for an attractive wall display.

8. Add mirrors (like mirror tiles) to the backs of shelving to add a sense of depth.

9. In the kitchen, add a mirror to the countertop backsplash. This will reflect light as you prepare food and is easy to maintain.

10. Place a custom-sized mirror on top of a piece of furniture that is damaged or unattractive. This can be done on dressers, tables, coffee tables, and end tables, just to name a few.

Always make sure to analyze the location of the mirrors before hanging them. For example, placing a mirror over a fireplace mantel can reflect unattractive tops of furniture or blank wall space. You can tilt the mirror down to reflect something more attractive in the room.

Also, place mirrors so they don’t cause unnecessary glare in a room. Mirrors can be unattractive if placed in front of a south or west facing window.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to use mirrors to illuminate and enrich your home décor. Decorative mirrors can be found at flea markets, retail stores, home improvement stores, and online in price ranges to fit every budget.

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