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.