How to Use Mirrors to Bring Light Into a Room


Many living spaces have more than their fair share of dark corners. While you can remedy this problem by bringing in more light fixtures, this isn't the only solution for adding light to a room. Mirrors reflect the light that's already in a room without the electrical expenditure. Additionally, they can be used like artwork on the wall, but bring a slightly different feel to the room than artwork alone can provide.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint and accessories
  • Decorative mirrors
  • Mirrored tiles
  • Light fixtures
  • Create a focal wall and use mirrors as the predominant decorative element. One effective way to do this is to paint one wall a vibrant color like Chinese red and the surrounding walls a lighter, contrasting color like golden yellow. Hang a gallery of mirrors on the focal wall. These mirrors will reflect the light color of the surrounding walls as well as the lights in the room.

  • Make one of the walls in the room a mirrored wall. Unlike the focal wall, which features framed mirrors, this wall would consist of mirrored tiles from floor to ceiling — the whole wall would be a mirror. However, make sure this wall is not facing direct sunlight, because at certain times of the day, it's bound to be blinding.

  • Include mirrors as a featured element on your bookshelves, side tables, cabinet doors or as part of mirrored furniture pieces. For example, line the backs of shelves with mirrored tiles or choose a free-standing mirror to place with a group of photographs you display on a side table.

  • Put mirrors in dark corners to reflect more light. Some possible places where a mirror might be useful include the alcove under the stairs, in a corner without an overhead light close by or in the hallways.

  • Choose mirrors that are close to the size and shape of other windows in the house.

  • Add softness to the light by placing mirrors behind some of your candle displays. One logical place for this is on the fireplace mantel. If you hang a large mirror over the mantel and position a candle arrangement in front of the mirror, the mirror will reflect the soft light from the candles.

  • Give the mirrors light to reflect by setting up various lights around the room. Include lots of different intensities of light from different vantage points around the room. Consider putting the lights on dimmer switches. This gives you the most variety in terms of light quality. Make sure the mirrors you hang up or display are near the lights; they'll more readily reflect the light, increasing the brightness in the room without spending money on more light fixtures.

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