Tips for organizing mirrors in your home

  • Simple mirrors in a series can be an affordable solution to traditional artwork. (Design Recipes)

  • Small mirrors hung in a series can create a whimsical yet elegant look. (Design Recipes)

  • Mirrors on either side of a fireplace helps create a polished and elegant look. (Design Recipes)

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

A secret weapon of interior designers and home stagers, mirrors can trick the eye and improve a room.

Small spaces can especially be helped with the creative placement of mirrors. Here are some timeless tips to make the most of mirrors.

Go big: An oversized mirror can make a bold statement and also help create a focal point.

Enlarge: Use mirrors to help make small spaces feel larger. Mirrors automatically make many spaces feel taller and or wider.

Hang mirrors in a series: This is a top tip of interior designers. Mirrors hung in a series give the visual illusion of windows. Odd pairings tend to work best, like a series of three or five.

Experiment with color: Looking for a mirror to blend in a space? Consider using a white frame. Colors such as black, silver and brass can help add a sense of contrast.

Place round mirrors above rectangular surfaces: Ever wonder why a round mirror looks great above a sideboard or dresser?

Get crafty: Looking for an interesting mirror? Why not make your own? Making a mirror is as simple as taking a frame or old window and gluing a mirror onto the back.

Go tall: When looking for ways to elongate a room, either vertically or horizontally, slim, long mirrors work well.

Pay attention to placement: Whether you are looking to place mirrors in a series or in a more whimsical placement, planning can often be the key to a successful design solution.

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