12 Creative Ways with Mirrors
Think Outside the Frame with These Gaze-Worthy Mirror Applications
Time to bust out the Windex! I swear I'm not (too) vain, but lately I've found myself gazing with glee at a multitude of mirrors. It's not my reflection I'm enamored of, but rather the material's myriad applications in and around the home. If you think a mirror belongs solely in a frame, think again. These spaces will have you imagining all sorts of places to gain a little reflection.
A mirrored fireplace surround looks so luxurious, and this fancy model even conceals the firebox when it's not in use.
Mirrored closet doors usually get a bad rap, but let's not confuse this sleek system with those gold-trimmed sliding numbers from apartments past. The reflective storage unit also helps to visually enlarge this tiny studio.
This minimal bedroom also feels more expansive thanks to a wall of mirrors. And judging by the seams, I suspect this one harbors some storage space too.
Mirrors work wonders as a backsplash for two reasons: one, they're easy to wipe down after a cooking mishap (remember what I said about that Windex?), and two, you can discretely check if there's anything in your teeth whilst entertaining.
Again, a wall of mirrors, like the tiled one here, does wonders to the room's perceived size.
On a smaller scale, these little mirror-like tiles make for a beautifully shimmering backsplash.
Mirrors with an aged patina work well if you prefer a softer effect.
While the closer wall shown here is plaster, the far wall behind the bed is actually a mirrored background with a wire mesh curtain in front. It kind of echoes the texture of the plaster, but provides much more reflected light.
Mirror-fronted cabinets look similar to glass, but with the added benefit of keeping unsightly contents concealed.
Use a few mirror fronts to break up a large section of cabinets in the kitchen.
Ideabook published on Feb. 16, 2011.
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