House of Mirrors: How to Make Your Space Look Bigger

Want to know how to reflect your rooms and their light to create a more open feeling? Our expert guide will show you how to instantly create the illusion of extra space throughout your home using carefully placed mirrors.

Using mirrors to play with dimensions

By bouncing natural and artificial light deep into your home, mirrors can make your rooms feel more spacious. They add depth and dimension, during the day and at night, by reflecting your space and its light back at you. 

How can I achieve it?

  • Opt for vertical mirrors in tall rooms and horizontal mirrors in long rooms.
  • Create the feeling of added depth by angling mirrors towards a focal point.

Using mirrors to maximise natural light

Mirrors and windows work hand in hand to add natural light to your space and reflect the outdoors – effectively extending the size of your windows.

How can I achieve it?

  • South facing room? Place a mirror on the wall opposite the window to maximise the warm dusk light. 
  • Want to boost morning light? Try placing a mirror on the wall adjacent to the window.
  • Low on natural light? Hang a mirror directly across from a window to reflect the light.
  • Want to bring the outside in? Use a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors.

Using mirrors to make a statement

By reflecting your room’s light and decor, a mirror wall is an impactful way of ‘doubling up’ your interior space. They can work well in a variety of rooms throughout your home.

How can I achieve it?

  • Talk with our expert team to discover how we can transform your space with a full-sized mirror wall.
  • Opt for a light and neutral colour palette on your surrounding walls to aid the overall effect.

Using mirrors in the entry hall

Hallways can often lack natural light, especially when doors are closed. However the entrance hall is one of the best places in the home for a mirror, creating a bright and airy first impression. 

How can I achieve it?

  • Long, dark hallway? Add a mirror to the end of your space, as far as your eye naturally goes. This could even be on a door if mounted correctly. 
  • Foyer console table? Add a mirror directly above your console to create an inviting space, perfect for displaying flowers or making final checks before leaving home. 

Using mirrors in the living room

The living room is one area of the home where you can get really creative with your use of mirrors. From your mantel to your furniture, there’s lots you can do to make this room feel larger.

How can I achieve it?

  • Hang a mirror at least 4-5 inches above the top of your the mantel, making sure any shadow cast doesn’t impact on your decor.
  • Consider adding mirror-top coffee tables and consoles to your living room. Alternatively top your current furniture with beveled plate mirror. 


Using mirrors in the bathroom

Inherited wall-mounted bathroom mirrors you didn’t choose and don’t love? Don’t worry! There are many options available to help you achieve the look you’ll love. 

How can I achieve it?

  • Speak to our expert team to find out how we can make your wall mounted mirror more visually appealing. 
  • Frameless mirror adhesed to the wall? It might be possible to add a frame, in-keeping with your interior aesthetic, to create a cleaner look.

Looking to transform your space and explore the possibilities? From simple designs to large decorative pieces, we offer made to measure mirrors, polished or bevelled edges, bathroom mirrors, designer mirrors, mirror walls and bespoke designs.

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DISCLAIMER: This article has been produced for guidance only and does not constitute advice. Copyright © 2020 Mark Smith Glazing. All rights reserved.


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