By Chirag Sharma
Photography: Courtesy World Wide Web
For that little extra – visual depth, illusion of space or the sheer joy of an aesthetic add-on, the gleam and splendor of a well-appointed mirror is often the perfect finishing touch in the eclectic enhancement of an interior space.…
The mirror makes a useful accessory, but a lot depends on its placement and garb; its shape and size… in effecting the overall ambience, bearing in mind the surrounding elements of design and décor.
In conjunction with its position, juxtaposed as a cohesive décor aspect of the space in question, it forms an important design element that can many a time evolve into creating restrained elegance, while interplay of its varied features can alternately make it appear glossy and loud. Also, there is a marked difference, when it is used with a frame than without.
Mirror alcoves, mirrors between long windows, mirror backs of doors, beveled and etched glass mirrors, mirrors juxtaposed with other materials like wood, metal or stone…As options abound in a dramatic play of ideas, here are certain thumb-rules to help you apply mirrors in your décor:
- Position the mirror in a way that does not reflect any unsightly images from the other end of the room in question.When mirroring an entire wall, use a tinted mirror to avoid sharp reflections.
- A mirror along the length of a room can be subtly broken with a framework crisscrossing the mirror breaking a direct line of vision.
- Mirrors can aesthetically enhance the overall ambience through a tabletop, a mirrored walk-in wardrobe, or headboard.
- Subtle touches of mirror on furniture or knick-knacks like a small sculptural stand can enhance the simplest décor though a discerning application.
- Many a time, a mirrored ceiling or part of a ceiling can form the focal point of a décor with the remainder of the design worked around it.
- A large mirror placed to one side of a narrow room or hallway, will add width to the area.When placed over a small piece of furniture, a mirror will reflect and balance a much larger piece on the other side of the room.
- Mirrors should not be used as substitutes for pictures.
The mirror is versatile, multi-functional, and multi-dimensional, whether large or small irrespective of its functional value. Presentation is the key.