One of the most effective, least invasive ways of opening up a room, short of knocking down a wall, is to decorate it with a variety of mirrors. Placing mirrors in a claustrophobia-inducing room makes it seem to double in space, which is a better illusion than you could achieve simply by painting the walls off-white.
You don’t automatically have to begin by hanging mirrors on your walls because there are other, less ordinary places where you can use mirrors to great effect. If you lay a full-sized mirror on top of a table and put vases and other decorative items on top of it, you’ll begin taking the interior decoration in a different direction.
Wall mirrors always cheer up a room, of course, and you certainly can place them on your walls to help open up the space and make it more attractive. You might consider hanging a functional mirror near the main doorway of your home as a place to hang your keys and coat once you come in.
One technique you can take advantage of is propping up a tall mirror, one that’s almost as high as your wall, and then watching as the room seems to inflate with extra square footage. If you have a piece of art hung on one of your walls, you might consider hanging a mirror on the wall directly across from it to replicate the artwork’s colors.
Round wall mirrors are a delight to the eye and will add a great deal of visual variety to any room that’s dominated by lots of right angles, as most rooms are. Mirrors with interesting frames can also be added to your room to give it much more visual appeal and a greater assortment of decorative colors and textures.
If you’d prefer to try a more creative approach, create an assemblage of different sorts of mirrors, old ones and new ones, and use the different textures to add variety to your room. If you choose to make a mirror the single focal point of the room, don’t place other mirrors close to it because you’ll want spectators to focus on the main mirror.
Make your room shine with soft light when you place a mirror against the back wall of an unused fireplace and set up candles in front of it for a novel effect. You might want to make the greatest possible use of windows that are in your room and position a mirror or mirrors across from them, where they can best bounce around light coming in.
With smart choices of mirrors and a little bit of decorative savvy, you can transform your cluttered space into a much more livable environment.