When it comes to interior design, everyone knows there’s no better way to brighten up a room and add a sophisticated focal point than by adding a mirror to the space. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of adding mirrors to a space before detailing the variety of ways that you can integrate custom mirrors into the different spaces throughout your home.

The Pros and Cons of Mirrors

While mirrors are certainly a beautiful addition to any home, it’s important to remember what they’re good for and what they’re not so good for.

  • Pro: Mirrors are great for use in small spaces. Adding a mirror to a small bathroom, walk-in closet, or foyer will brighten up the space and give the illusion of added square footage in the space. In these small spaces, you may want to opt for a larger mirror. It may seem a bit over-the-top at first, but a large floor-to-ceiling mirror creates an illusion of added square footage, causing you and your guests to feel more comfortable in an otherwise cramped space.
  • Con: Do not just add mirrors to your home on a whim. Be sure that if you’re installing a mirror, it serves a direct purpose and reflects something you actually want to see more of in your home. For example, installing a mirrored wall across from a large bay window will amplify light in the space and create a more spacious feeling. If you place a mirror across from another blank wall, it will appear blank and dark, causing the space to feel just as tight as before.
  • Pro: With so many styles of custom mirrors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your space. For example, a more elegant beveled mirror can add a modern and sophisticated touch to your sleek bathroom design while an antique mirror option will class up any formal dining room space.

Using Custom Mirrors Throughout Your Home

Custom mirrors are not just hung on the walls like one you may purchase at the store, but rather they are installed against a wall or surface permanently in your home. More Than Glass has over 15 different mirror options available for custom sizing and installation in your home so rest assured, you’ll find the perfect mirror option to help you obtain the living space of your dreams.

Bathroom

There are so many ways to utilize custom mirrors in the bathroom. If your bathroom is a bit smaller than you’d like, perhaps integrating a custom mirror into your design will finally give you the space you’ve been looking for. It goes without saying that installing a large mirror atop your bathroom vanity will brighten up the space, but what are some other options? If you bathroom design is particularly tight, it may be wise to install a wrap-around mirror on two adjacent walls. That way, the two mirrors will reflect the rest of the entire room, adding some much-needed depth and light to the space.

You may also want to consider adding floor-to-ceiling mirrors to the space. This option will elongate the space, giving the illusion of taller ceilings while also providing key functionality by giving you and your guests a full-body mirror.

Once you’ve decided which type of mirror you’d like, you can customize it even further to fit your design tastes. Install a grey or bronze mirror to match the fixtures in the room or a mirror with bevelled edges to complement your modern bathroom design.

Kitchen

Adding mirrors to your kitchen design can enhance the space and help take your kitchen’s design to the next level. Many homeowners install mirrored backsplashes in their kitchens to bring extra light to the countertops. While this brightens up the space, it also is very functional as the mirrored backsplash helps to provide extra lighting in the food-prep area. If you have a smaller kitchen layout such as a galley-style, you may want to consider this option to bring extra light and space into your kitchen.

You can also add mirrors to your kitchen by installing them inside of your class-front cabinets. Custom mirrors offer a great way to highlight a glass, stemware or crystal collection in your kitchen. The addition of mirrors will ensure that more light is reflected through these pieces causing them to truly sparkle and stand out.

Living Room

Your living room may not seem like a place you’d like to install mirrors, but you may be surprised to find out that it is the perfect space to integrate custom mirrors into your home. To start, mirrors fit perfectly above a fireplace. Adding a mirror here will not only bring more light and depth into your living room but will also ensure that the fireplace is the focal point of the room. For an added wow-factor, install a custom mirror stretching from the top of your mantelpiece to the ceiling. This will create the illusion of heightened or vaulted ceilings in the room.

Custom mirrors can also be used here in much the same way they are in the kitchen. If you have custom bookshelves in your living room, consider installing custom mirrors into the back of the shelves to show off your favorite knick-knacks and collectables that you may already have on display. The addition of a mirror here will draw the eye to these pieces while ensuring that extra lighting makes them look more stunning than ever.

You may have a favorite piece of art on display in your living room. By installing a custom mirror across from that piece, you’ll be able to enjoy it more often by making it more visible throughout the space. One thing to keep in mind when installing a mirror in the living room is the television. Try not to install a mirror across from the television as the reflection of the television can be distracting and can even cause a glare on the screen.

Unconventional Spaces

You may find that you need a mirror in a different space than those listed above. For example, if you wake up everyday and struggle to get dressed in your walk-in closet due to low light, install a floor to ceiling mirror on the end wall. It will reflect light to open up the space, create the illusion of added square footage, and give you a head-to-toe view of your outfit when getting ready in the morning. You may also want to consider a large glass mirror feature in your foyer or entryway. Many homeowners install custom mirrors directly across from the front door. That way, when visitors enter you home, they are greeted by a very bright space as the light from the open door is immediately reflected back to the door and throughout the room.

Many individuals opt for custom glass options in their outdoor living spaces as well. If you have an outdoor kitchen or grilling area, installing a mirrored backsplash can cause the space to feel and look cleaner all year long. Some people install custom mirrors in their outdoor living areas atop outdoor fireplaces or in mirrored glass tabletops to reflect sunlight throughout the space, providing a well-lit outdoor space for entertaining without having to worry about installing a large light fixture.

Contact More Than Glass to find the right custom mirror option for your needs. Our team of seasoned professionals is here to help you find and install the best glass products to fit your personal style. Whether you need a modern or antique look, a custom mirror can brighten up any space and add a beautiful design element to complement any style. More Than Glass is available by phone at (804) 746-3086 or online at www.morethanglass.com.