Saturday, August 28, 2010

Accessorizing Your Home Tip #14

Home Accessorizing Tip #14
(20 Tips For Accessorizing Your Home series)

Place Mirrors So That They Reflect Something Beautiful

Mirrors come in so many wonderful shapes and sizes. Many are beautifully framed and make a real decorating statement in a room. Besides these wonder characteristics the true value and charm of a mirror lies in its ability to reflect. By Placing your mirrors so they reflect something beautiful you will be enhancing the beauty of your mirror. Placing a mirror so that it reflects an unattractive view only doubles the impact and presence of that negative space. Following are a few does and don'ts for using mirrors in your decorating scheme.

* Do not set mirrors on your fireplace mantle. These mirrors (because they need to be pulled away at the bottom a bit to prevent the mirror from tipping forward) tend to reflect the ceiling. Hang these mirrors instead to take advantage of an attractive view and to visually widen the space.

* Position mirrors so that they do not reflect an open light source. The reflection can be blinding.

* Allow for 3'-5' of space in front of the mirror to allow viewers to be able to step back and take a look at their reflection.

* Make sure the mirror's frame match your decor.

* Double the impact of your decorative accessories and collectables by placing mirrors behind them.

* Hand wall mirrors so that that top of the mirror is at least 6' from the floor. This will enable people to view their own reflections.

* Brighten up a dark corner with a mirror that reflects light from elsewhere in a room.

* Do not place a mirror at the end of a long hallway it will only serve to make to hall look even longer.

* Place a mirror on one side of a hallway to visually widen the space.

* For safety purposes remember that mirrors are often heavier than they look. Make sure they are securely fastened to the wall surface and that your mounting hardware, hooks or nails will be able to bear the weight. Anchor your mirrors to sturdy studs when possible or use molly bolts. Use two anchors rather than one for heavier mirrors.

* Do not place mirrors in a dining area in such a way that the diners will not be able to help looking at them-selves while eating. This will cause the people seated around the table to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable.

* For Feng Shui adherents there are many rules governing the use of mirrors, such as not placing a mirror facing a bed or facing the North/East. Consult a Feng Shui practitioner or read some of the many books available on the subject for more guidelines.

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