Mirror Mirror (the tricks you don’t know…)

Posted by Suzi | August 13, 2012

Everyone knows mirrors are a wonderful way to make your house appear lighter, brighter and more spacious; but there are certain little advice-nuggets that can make a huge difference. Just ask Le Vau, architect of Versailles’s Hall of Mirrors, who used 6, 426 of them- notably when they were the most expensive things on earth- to reflect the hall’s chandeliers and windows and thus double the amount of light. Genius* (despite the obviously cruel disregard towards the starving peasants of France).

*It is also worth noting, that he used no curtains so that at night the space would sparkle and shine with the reflection of the stars. I think I’d happily lose a toe in order to time-travel back to the 25 February 1745 when they held the most famous bal des Ifs (Ball of the Yew Trees) there.

Anyway, assuming you’ll be using less thank 6, 426 yourself, here are my top tips:

1. It sounds so obvious but before getting out the hammer and nails- stop!- and think: what will the mirror be reflecting? Mirrors do create the illusion of more space but you also want to create a sense of spaciousness i.e. not reflect a busy road with traffic or a cupboard over-brimming with old jumpers.

Focus on the positive- literally! Got a great view? Show it off. Love the morning light that floods in to the bedroom? Bounce it around the room.

2. If you are trying to increase a seriously small space; the quickest way to do it is with a whole wall of mirrors. Keep in mind that you should still have some kind of skirting board so no-one walks head-first into it (I have totally done this a few times and it always makes me want to bawl like a baby!)

3. A french mirror and a chandelier is the quickest, easiest way to add glamour to a room. The pair should bounce of each other, Le Vau style. This is a great trick if you are styling a property to sell quickly!

4. Place a mirror in a pokey old corner for instant illumination.

5. The correct way to light a bathroom mirror to properly apply make-up, squeeze spots, whatever, is illuminating it either side of the face. Walla! Now, who’s the fairest of them all?


Shabby chic wall display, http://www.aperfectgray.com/; Antique guild frames, http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/mirror-mirror/; White sofa and frames, http://style-files.com/page/2/; Grey bedroom, http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/decorating-mirrors-63503#slide-9; Baroque mirror, http://www.squintlimited.com/range/accessories/mirrors//;  bath: http://leahjasmine.tumblr.com/post/8079165852/heaven; Chandelier in mirror; http://leahjasmine.tumblr.com/post/8079165852/heaven; Mirror on mirror dressing table; http://paloma81.blogspot.com.au/search?updated-max=2011-09-08T12:45:00-05:00&max-results=5; Wall of mirrors, http://www.flickr.com/photos/samrag/7261312544/in/photostream/;  Bath with curtain; http://www.ilovecopperjewelry.com/, White bathroom; http://www.houzz.com/photos/742582/Bathroom-traditional-bathroom-charlotte; Mirror in corner, http://abigailahern.wordpress.com/; Full length mirror, round mirrors and stack of mirrors on floor all from, http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk;  Sunset; http://www.flickr.com/photos/samrag/7261312544/in/photostream/




  1. Lovely post and so inspiring. I have a wall in the living room with lots of mirrors and it really makes ti appear brighter and larger.

    Thanks for visiting Rue de Tres Chic.


    Comment by Ivana — August 15, 2012 #

  2. I love the idea of mirroring things you love- had never thought of it before and yet now you’ve said it, so obvious!

    Comment by Simone Hardley — August 17, 2012 #

  3. Thanks for great advice I was looking for some home inspiration- this is great.

    Comment by Ali R — August 25, 2012 #

  4. Hey are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.

    Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    Thanks and love your site! x Una

    Comment by Una — August 26, 2012 #

  5. Suzi, you have successfully inspired me to start hunting for mirrors in our newly completed Victorian bathrooms, its my evenings mission now – so thanks! xx

    Comment by Jenny Mc — August 31, 2012 #

  6. Good luck Jenny! Your place sounds so gorgeous, I really look forward to hearing how you get on :-) xx

    Comment by suzi — September 6, 2012 #

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